In the Washington metropolitan region, nearly half a million women and girls are living in or near poverty. We all have a stake in building the economic security of our region’s women and girls. The Women’s Foundation works to mobilize our community and provide solutions to eliminate the persistent barriers that disproportionately hinder women and girls from achieving economic security.

Kristi Matthews Testimony On Behalf of the DC Girls’ Coalition

Chairman Phil Mendelson Committee of the Whole Agency Performance Oversight: All Education Agencies March 9, 2021 Good Afternoon, my name is Kristi Matthews and

Testimony to the Committee of the Whole, Education Oversight Hearing

Hello Chair Mendelson and DC Councilmembers. My name is Martine Gordon. I am a resident of Ward 3, a working mom, and Vice President

Sharing Some Personal News…

It is with a heavy but joyful heart today that I share with you my decision to step down as President and CEO of

Supporting Survivors of Violence Through A Year of Change

When the novel coronavirus hit last year, we barely knew then how much our work and the work of our grantees would change. During

#AskHer Series: The ‘SheCession’ & How It Affects Women and Girls of Color…

On February 9th, we discussed the “shecession” – the pandemic’s disproportionate impact on women and girls of color and how this affects childcare and

We’re On A Mission…

In 2016, Washington Area Women’s Foundation began what will be a forever journey. At the time, we were both clear and intentional in how
Artist: Lex Marie

And then came Kamala…

Growing up, I wanted to be president. It was more than a childhood dream. In elementary school, I wrote anti-war, environmentalist letters to then
Nine African-American women pose for a photo with Nannie Burroughs, holding a banner that reads, "Banner State Woman's National Baptist Convention," circa 1905.

Keeping it 100: Reflecting on Five Years of Advocacy & the Push for Black Women’s Equality

In the fall of 2014, I walked into a jam-packed room with 75 other eager women. We had all shown up expressing an interest

#AskHer Series: Indira Henard, Executive Director, DC Rape Crisis Center

Our new #AskHer series is an interview with our partners, community members and supporters who work tirelessly for women and girls. Our first interview

The COVID-19 Crisis is a Racial Justice Issue & our Response must Prioritize the Power of Black, Indigenous, Latinx & Other People of Color

The COVID-19 virus does not discriminate — it can infect anyone. However, when an indiscriminate virus is unleashed in a country where racially unjust