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.

Washington Area Women's Foundation

#AskHer Series: The Importance of Intersectional Feminism

For October’s #AskHer webinar, we talked to Dr. Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, Co-founder and Executive Director of the African American Policy Forum. She is popularly known for her development of “intersectionality,” “Critical Race Theory,” and the #SayHerName Campaign, and is the host of the podcast Intersectionality Matters!. Moderated by Interim President and CEO Jackie Lendsey, the […] Read More

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#AskHer Series: Mau Castro & Melissa Lorenzana, Briya Public Charter School

Our #AskHer series is an interview with our partners, community members and supporters who work tirelessly for women and girls. This interview is with Mau Castro, Bilingual Child Development Specialist and Melissa Lorenzana, GA Early Childhood Coordinator at Briya Public Charter School. Equity in Early Learning Initiative (EELI) seeks to sustain the development of best practices in […] Read More

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DC Ranks Top for Women’s Employment and Earnings, but Black and Latina Women Are Left Behind

By Halie Mariano and Elyse Shaw This Blog was originally published on IWPR Since the start of COVID-19, women have been hit hard by the pandemic-fueled “she-cession,” which has exacerbated existing inequities and increased economic insecurity among women. The Institute for Women’s Policy Research’s new policy brief uses 2019 data to provide a baseline for […] Read More

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#AskHer: President’s Edition ft. Jennifer Lockwood-Shabat & Jackie Lendsey

This #AskHer webinar featured Jennifer Lockwood-Shabat, outgoing President and CEO of Washington Area Women’s Foundation and our new Interim President and CEO, Jackie Lendsey. This exclusive conversation highlighted Jennifer’s extraordinary leadership of The Women’s Foundation over the last seven years, and welcomed Jackie and her vision to the team. The conversation was moderated by Director […] Read More