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Message From the Board Chair: Jennifer Lockwood-Shabat Named as The Women’s Foundation President and CEO

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Jennifer Lockwood-Shabat Headshot

We are pleased to announce that the Board unanimously appointed Jennifer Lockwood-Shabat as President and CEO of The Women’s Foundation, effective immediately. She succeeds Nicky Goren, who has made a positive and lasting impact on our organization.

Leadership Issues for Women of Color

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

CAP-woc-panelI’ve known the statistic for a long time, but it never ceases to amaze me each time I see it in black and white: just 4.5 percent of members of Congress are women of color. Out of 535 people, there are 13 African American women, seven Latinas, and four Asian Pacific American women. That’s not a minority – it’s a minisculority (if such a word existed). The issue, of course, is that women of color make up 18.4 percent of the US population. It makes you wonder when the House of Representatives – and all of the other branches of government – will actually represent all of the American people.

Women’s History Month Q&A – March 17, 2014

Monday, March 17th, 2014

Chief LanierQ: Who is the first female chief of the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia?

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

Wednesday, 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.

Sharon Williams Luncheon Remarks

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

On October 23, Sharon Williams spoke at The Women’s Foundation’s 2013 Leadership Luncheon. The following are her remarks. After speaking, Sharon received a Visionary Award for her commitment to improving the lives of women and their families. Please click here to learn more about the Visionary Awards and click here to see a video featuring Sharon and her story.

Celebrating All of Our Naana’s on International Women’s Day

Friday, March 8th, 2013

JB_GrandmotherI was born and raised in Ghana in a society where, traditionally, a woman’s role in the community was limited to motherhood. Only a few had the audacity to transcend social expectations and affect the lives of other women around them. My grandmother was one of them.

President’s Day: Celebrating Women Who Run

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

Wmn4PrezJust over 40 years ago, two incredibly brave people made history when they became the first women of color to declare themselves major party candidates for president. Patsy Mink, a Japanese-American congresswoman from Hawaii, entered the Oregon primary as an anti-war candidate to draw attention to issues she felt were not being addressed by the mainstream candidates. Shirley Chisholm, the African-American congresswoman from New York, remained on the campaign trail all the way to the Democratic National Convention.

WPI releases personal reflections from giving circle founders, including African American Women’s Giving Circle!

Monday, September 14th, 2009

Personal reflections from women founders of the early giving circles are included in a new booklet just released by the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University.

Among the 18 interviews in Women’s Giving Circles: Reflections from the Founders is Lynn McNair’s story of her involvement with the African American Women’s Giving Circle at Washington Area Women’s Foundation.

Who says social change is slow? I blinked and nine powerful, inspiring years went by.

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

I blinked and nine years went by.

Okay, my eyes were open most of the time, but it is truly hard to believe that it has been nine years since my first Washington Area Women’s Foundation board meeting in 2000.

Playing on girls’ sports teams is part of why I can hold my own on a guys’ team now.

Monday, June 29th, 2009

This morning I got up at 5:10 a.m. and drove to the Potomac river to hang out with a bunch of boys.

I’m a coxswain for Thompson Boat Club’s U-23 Men’s Development Camp, a summer rowing program for college rowers.

Male rowers. Big, tall boys.