#our100days Day 94

Justice for Survivors

Previous #our100days action items have highlighted the increased media attention on disappeared girls in DC. In response, last month, Mayor Bowser appointed a new Task Force on Missing and Exploited Children.

It’s important to understand the roots causes of why girls are leaving their homes, going missing or disappearing.

Here’s what we’re doing today:

On April 25 and 26 from 6:30-10pm, FAIR Girls will be holding a Night of the Girl event to showcase the injustices that young women exiting sex trafficking face and how we can support their path to freedom. The event will take place at the Embassy Row Hotel, 2015 Massachusetts Avenue, NW. To rsvp or for more information click here.

Sample Tweets:

I am attending the @FAIR_Girls Night of the Girl Event on April 25th: wawf.org/2oopn3 #our100days

@FAIR_Girls is showcasing the injustices that young women exiting sex trafficking face on April 25th: wawf.org/2oopn3  #our100days

 

#our100days Day 93

Budget Woes

With all of the breaking news headlines of late, you may have missed a fairly significant piece of news: Congress must agree on the federal budget by midnight on April 28 in order to avoid a government shutdown. Experts are split on whether they think Congress and the President can avoid a shutdown, but this Washington Post article provides a great summary of three possible scenarios.

Here’s what we’re doing today:

Do you remember “I’m Just a Bill” from Schoolhouse Rock? First released in 1976, its description of the legislative process still rings true today and is worth watching again!
 
Interested in learning more about the federal budget process? Click here to visit the National Priorities Project’s Federal Budget 101 toolkit to better understand the budget process, where the money comes from, where the money goes, and borrowing and the federal debt.
 
Using  #our100days, share with us one thing that you learned about the federal budget, and/or highlight a federal program that supports women and girls.

Sample Tweets:

Congress will debate the budget this week, I learned the basics @natpriorities because EITC lifting women out of poverty matters.  #our100days

Congress will debate the budget this week, I learned the basics @natpriorities because WIC feeding moms and babies matters. #our100days

 

#our100days Day 92

Made in DC

Every day is a good day to support woman owned businesses! Women are making great products in DC, so carve out some time today to explore items for sale made by creative women entrepreneurs. Whether it’s a t-shirt designed to show how people “affect change within themselves, and in their communities” from District of Clothing, some natural bath and beauty products from Hunny Bunny or a bag to put it all in from Scout Bag, there are lots of women doing business in DC.

Here’s what we’re doing today:

Learn about more great woman owned businesses when you visit the Made in DC website and support local business today!

Sample Tweets:

I love to buy products made by #women in #DC. One of my favorites is @style_district. #our100days

I love products made by #women in #DC, like lotion from @love_hunnybunny -thanks to a mom who wanted better lotion for her kids. #our100days

 

#our100days Day 91

Calling All Math and Science Lovers!

Women make up half of the total U.S. college-educated workforce, but only 29% of the science and engineering workforce according to the National Girls Collaborative Project, a project committed to informing and encouraging girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
 
Looking for something to do tomorrow? DC will provide two opportunities to encourage girls and young women to think about STEM-related fields—the March on Science and the National Math Festival.

Here’s what we’re doing today:

Start planning your action-packed Saturday now!
 
The March on Science will be held on the National Mall on Saturday, April 22, beginning at 8am. The march will include speakers, musical guests, and teach-ins. Check out the teach-in agenda and consider taking a girl or young woman in your life to explore and learn a little more.
 
The National Math Festival will take place on Saturday from 10am–7pm at the Washington Convention Center. There will be lectures, hands-on demonstrations, art, films, performances, puzzles, games, and more. Check out the schedule and find an activity that interests a girl or young woman in your life.

Sample Tweets:

My favorite woman scientist is _______ because _______. #our100days

I learned _______ at the March on Science! #our100days

I learned _______  at the National Math Festival!  #our100days

 

#our100days Day 90

Let Her Learn

The National Women’s Law Center recently released a series of reports, Let Her Learn: Stopping School Pushout, examining the educational barriers facing girls. The report found that:

  • Almost 1 in 3 girls report experiencing sexual assault or violence.
  • More than 2 in 3 girls report experiencing symptoms related to post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
  • Nearly 1 in 9 girls has experienced homelessness at some point in her life.
  • 55 percent of Latina girls, 38 percent of Asian/Pacific Islander girls, and 30 percent of Black girls worry that a friend or family member will be deported.

The report recommends that policymakers engage girls in the process of crafting policy solutions that will reduce educational barriers.

Here’s what we’re doing today:

The Let Her Learn series contains eight reports. Take a moment to review their findings and share on social media using #our100days.
 
Visit our website to learn more about our Young Women’s Initiative, a city-wide effort to improve life outcomes and increase opportunities for young women, girls, transgender women, and gender non-conforming youth of color between the ages of 12-24. Consider making a gift today to support this important work!

Sample Tweets:

I’m investing in the future of women and girls in DC via @TheWomensFndtnhttp://bit.ly/Give2WAWF #our100days

.@TheWomensFndtn is launching a Young Women’s Initiative to improve outcomes for girls & young women of color  #our100days wawf.org/MeetYWI

Trauma, harassment, & negative experiences derail too many girls’ futures. It’s time to #LetHerLearn. on.nwlc.org/2oSNHJR  #our100days

 

#our100days Day 89

Money Talks

This Thursday, April 20th, join us for a Twitter chat with Tiffany “The Budgetnista” Aliche, who creates a positive and measurable lifestyle shift, through financial education.The chat, “Money Tips For Women & Girls” will feature Tiffany’s advice for the best way women and girls can budget, save and invest in their futures.

Here’s what we’re doing today:

Follow us on Twitter and join our #WAWFChat on April 20th at 1PM ET and be sure to invite your Twitter network. All they have to do is use the hashtag #WAWFChat and let us know if you have any questions for The Budgetnista!

Sample Tweets:

Excited to join @TheWomensFndtn’s #WAWFChat with @TheBudgetnista tomorrow at 1pm ET! #our100days

Learn money tips from @TheBudgetnista on 4/20 at 1PM ET during @TheWomensFndtn’s #WAWFChat #our100days

 

#our100days Day 88

Stay Woke

ESSENCE released its first ever “Woke 100 Women” list dedicated to women who are “blazing trails for equal rights and inclusion for Black people in America.” Each woman on the list reminds us that everyone can change the world. 

There are too many Washington, DC residents to name them all – some amazing examples include Sibyl Edwards, co-founder of Black Female Founders; bucking the trend that only 7% of investor money goes to women-led startups; Laura Weidman Powers, CEO of Code 2040 and champion for blacks and Latinx in tech; CNN’s recently added Political Analyst, April Ryan, who served for 20 years as the White House Correspondent for American Urban Radio. 

Congratulations to ESSENCE on a great list of inspirational change makers!

Here’s what we’re doing today:

Take a moment to review ESSENCE’s “Woke 100 Women” list! Let these women inspire you and celebrate our hometown honorees. Read through and share on social media who from the list most inspires you, and who could be included on next year’s list.

Sample Tweets:

Congratulations to @Essence for the “Woke 100 Women” list. I’m inspired by @saedwards to invest in women-led start ups. #our100days

#woke100

Congratulations to @Essence for their “Woke 100 Women” list, I am inspired by @MaxineWaters to speak my mind and lead. #our100days

#woke100

Congratulations to @Essence for their new “Woke 100 Women” list.” Next year ____ should be on the list. #our100days #woke100

 

#our100days Day 87

Bias in Reviews

Last week, the Harvard Business Review published Paola Cecchi-Dimeglio’s article that shares some solutions to gender bias in annual workplace review processes. She tells us “women were 1.4 times more likely to receive critical subjective feedback (as opposed to either positive feedback or critical objective feedback).”  Cecchi-Dimeglio suggests “by using more-objective criteria, involving a broader group of reviewers, and adjusting the frequency of reviews, it is possible to remove subjective biases that creep in.”

Here’s what we’re doing today:

Read Cecchi-Dimeglio’s article and consider how bias is likely playing a role in your workplace’s annual review process.  Then share the article with 3 people who shape review processes or conduct annual reviews – make sure at least one of them is a man!

Sample Tweets:

Read @HBRexchange’s article on #gender biases in annual reviews & share with someone who needs it! wawf.org/2nNqppL #our100days

I read @HBRexchange’s article on #gender biases in annual reviews & will find ways to increase focus on objective data #our100days

I read @HBRexchange’s gender biases in annual reviews article, and will ask for more constructive feedback in my next review #our100days

I read @HBRexchange’s gender biases in annual reviews article & will share more constructive feedback regularly w/ employees  #our100days

 

#our100days Day 86

All That Jazz

April is Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM), and 2017 is the centennial of The First Lady of Song, Ella Fitzgerald.  Women have made waves as vocalists, composers, and instrumentalists since the genre came into existence in the late 19th century.  As is true in other fields, women in the world of jazz are often less well-known than their male counterparts.

Here’s what we’re doing today:

Take some time to learn about jazz greats by visiting the National Museum of American History, on Tuesday, April 18.  Docents will present fascinating objects related to women in jazz . Can’t make it? Watch a conversation by the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, America’s first integrated, female big band as they talk about their time on the stage.  If you’re itching to hear some good music, there are plenty of live jazz shows in and around the nation’s capital. Take a gander at the DC Jazz calendar and support the women of jazz’s present.

Sample Tweets:

I’m taking a trip to @amhistorymuseum to learn about the legacy of women in jazz. s.si.edu/1BMnUOO #our100days

My favorite female jazz vocalist/musician is _______. #our100days

I’m going to a live jazz performance by ____. Check out her awesome music!  #our100days

 

#our100days Day 85

Our Report on the DC Budget

On April 13, 2017, we released our newest report, Towards A Thriving City: A Review of the Impact of the Proposed 2018 D.C. Budget on Girls, Women and Families. The report, the first of its kind for the Foundation, provides a detailed analysis of proposed expenditures in relation to the needs of low-income girls, women and families in the City in critical areas such as housing, childcare, social supports, workforce development and violence.

Here’s what we’re doing today:

Using social media, share the report and tell us one thing you learned!

Sample Tweets:

.@TheWomensFndtn Report on Impact of #DC Budget on Girls, Women & Families is a Must Read for Residents. wawf.org/DCBudgetReport #our100days

Just finished @TheWomensFndtn’s Report on Impact of #DC Budget on Girls, Women & Families. Read & share: wawf.org/DCBudgetReport #our100days