We are proud to welcome to our Board of Directors a group of five women who have dedicated their careers to the advancement of women and girls. Our new Board members represent the best of this network: bold leadership and the coming together of diverse voices from various industries in support of gender equity.
Ann Smithson, Intern at the Women’s Foundation of Mississippi
As an intern with the Women’s Foundation of Mississippi, I was given the opportunity to attend the Women’s Funding Network Summit in New York City with my boss and mentor Carol Penick. Initially, I was unsure of what to expect and slightly overwhelmed at the prospect of meeting so many incredible women. My fears, however, quickly disappeared once I arrived. Read More
More than half of Malawian girls marry before age 18. But not Memory Banda.
Memory Banda advocating with a Parliamentarian
Unlike so many girls in her own community, Memory stayed in school and refused to marry until she finished her education. She beat the odds, defied convention, and fought to change the future for all girls. Read More
Now is the time to look to women’s leadership. To lift up and support leaders who support women and girls—all women and girls everywhere. For women’s rights advocates, the fight for gender equality—with its lack of clear answers and often winding progress—can, at times, be demoralizing. In these moments we look to our leaders; we stand behind them.Read More
“The current practices of our major political parties are dangerous for women, men and children. They are based on moral premises that are causing severe harm, and we must challenge them.”
— Mary Crooks AO, Executive Director, Victorian Women’s Trust, Australia
In Australia, immigration is an issue mired in political jousting, leaving the vulnerable at risk. Lawmakers are under intense scrutiny for their current policy that mandates any refugee or asylum seeker who arrives by boat must be sent to Nauru or Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island for offshore processing (read more). Here, their basic protections are denied and abuse is often condoned.
For women this can be particularly dangerous, with many reports revealing that women are routinely abused and raped.
On Latina Equal Pay Day, November 1, 2016, Cynthia Nimmo, President and CEO, Women’s Funding Network, and Elizabeth Barajas-Román, CEO, Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts—two Latina leaders of the women’s philanthropy community—reflect on what is needed to close the gender way gap—for all women.