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Celebrating International Women’s Day With Our Sister Fund Nirnaya

By Mariah Craven on March 7th, 2014

international-womens-day In the spring of 1998, two women’s funds were launched 8,000 miles apart. In Washington, DC, a group of women established Washington Area Women’s Foundation, while in Andhra Pradesh, India, three women founded Nirnaya. Both organizations were started completely independent of one another, but we are deeply connected by our beliefs in the incredible potential of women and girls, our missions to invest in the economic security of women who live in poverty, and our shared emphasis on engaging donors who understand the importance and impact of investing in women and girls.

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Women’s History Month Q&A – March 6, 2014

By Jessica Zetzman on March 6th, 2014

SandraDayOConnorQ: Who was the first female Supreme Court Justice?

A: Sandra Day O’Connor was appointed to the Supreme Court by Ronald Reagan in 1981, making her the first female Supreme Court Justice.

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Women’s History Month Q&A – March 5, 2014

By Jessica Zetzman on March 5th, 2014

MargaretChaseSmithQ: Who was the first woman nominated for president by a major political party?

A: Margaret Chase Smith was the first woman nominated for president by a major party. At the Republican Convention, she placed fifth and lost the nomination to Sen. Barry Goldwater.

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We Should All Be Feminists

By Mariah Craven on March 4th, 2014

Chimamanda-Ngozi-AdichieAre you a feminist? Writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie says that everyone should be an unapologetic feminist and work together to make gender inequity a thing of the past. In recognition of International Women’s Day and the worldwide efforts to improve access to resources and opportunities for women, we’re sharing Adichie’s popular Tedx Talk, “We Should All Be Feminists.” Take a look (or read the transcript) and then let us know in the comments: are you a feminist?

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Women’s History Month Q&A – March 3, 2014

By Jessica Zetzman on March 3rd, 2014

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Q: Who was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic?

A: Amelia Earhart. She made her solo trip across the Atlantic in 1932.

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When Data Tells a Local Woman’s Story

By Lauren Stillwell on February 25th, 2014

CFED asset scorecard coverWorking in the nonprofit sector and philanthropy, it helps to be a bit of a data nerd.  Increasingly, tracking, crunching, and assessing data is not just a “nice to do” but a “must do.”  At The Women’s Foundation, we work hard to make sure we’re investing in strategies that are data-driven and evidence-based.

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Message from the President: 2014 Priorities

By Nicky Goren on February 18th, 2014

Nicky Goren 2Here at The Women’s Foundation, we have hit the ground running and are looking forward to an exciting 2014. As we start a brand new year, I want to share a few of my top priorities:

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Black History Month: Four Ways the Work of the Civil Rights Movement Continues in 2014

By Mariah Craven on February 11th, 2014

Fannie_Lou_Hamer_1964Just as Black History Month was getting started, I had the opportunity to attend the screening of a new documentary that’s coming out in a few months. Freedom Summer is about the hot, violent summer of 1964, when over a thousand college students from around the country converged on Mississippi. Among other activities, they got African American adults registered to vote and helped launch a new, integrated political party, which went to the Democratic National Convention and challenged the all-white delegation there.

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Olympic Inspiration: Women I’ll Be Watching at Sochi

By Jennifer Lockwood-Shabat on February 7th, 2014

The author (center), her brother and their father.

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INFOGRAPHIC: The Wage Gap and Nontraditional Jobs for Women

By Jessica Zetzman on February 6th, 2014

The Shriver Report, released earlier this year, has helped draw national attention to the conversation around #WhatWomenNeed. The report has focused particularly on the gender wage gap and the significant economic burden that women bear.  It found that closing the gender wage gap would cut the poverty rate in half for working women and their families, and that if women received pay equal to that of their male counterparts, the U.S. economy would produce $447.6 billion in additional income. These are huge benefits, not just for women, but for all Americans – and they start with closing the gender wage gap.

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