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Leadership & Political Participation Archives - Women's Funding Network

Statement in Support of Congresswomen of Color

Women’s funds and foundations around the world are adding their names to our collective statement in support of our country’s female elected officials of color. These signatories represent millions of dollars in grantmaking for gender equity per year, and this statement represents our unity in standing up for all women who serve in government and in other arenas.

Click here to read our collective statement.

 

Women’s Funding Network Corporate Spotlight – Equal Pay

In our monthly series, Women’s Funding Network Corporate Spotlight, we take a deeper look at corporations making strides in advancing gender equity, women’s economic security, and women’s leadership. From increasing the number of women on corporate boards and C-level positions to releasing company-wide pay data, committing to transparency in reporting workplace sexual harassment and contributing to the increase of philanthropic funding to women and girls globally, we strive to spotlight those in the private sector who are moving the needle to a more equitable world. Our hope is that this list calls attention to organizations who are accelerating momentum both in their own workforce as well as outside of it in order to inspire change in others.

Our intention is to recognize efforts and initiatives led by companies who create impact. We monitor and rely on data and reports originally released by Bloomberg, Forbes, Equileap and many others.

The companies featured this month have either successfully closed their wage gap or are taking dedicated steps and initiatives to close their wage gaps.

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Women’s Funding Network Corporate Spotlight

In our monthly series, Women’s Funding Network Corporate Spotlight, we take a deeper look at corporations making strides in advancing gender equity, women’s economic security, and women’s leadership. From increasing the number of women on corporate boards and C-level positions to releasing company-wide pay data, committing to transparency in reporting workplace sexual harassment and contributing to the increase of philanthropic funding to women and girls globally, we strive to spotlight those in the private sector who are moving the needle to a more equitable world. Our hope is that this list calls attention to organizations who are accelerating momentum both in their own workforce as well as outside of it in order to inspire change in others.

Our intention is to recognize efforts and initiatives led by companies who create impact. We monitor and rely on data and reports originally released by Bloomberg, Forbes, Equileap and many others.

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Rise Up: Protecting Malawi’s Girls from Early Marriage

More than half of Malawian girls marry before age 18. But not Memory Banda.

Memory Banda advocating with a Parliamentarian

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

#SheLeadsToo: Women’s Leadership is Everywhere

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

From the Deltas of Botswana to the Board of Women’s Funding Network

Jane Sloane

Jane Sloane completed six years of service as a Women’s Funding Network Board Member in September 2016.

Jane Sloane, Director, Women’s Empowerment Program, Asia Foundation, reflects on her time on the Women’s Funding Network Board.

“My own awakening to the power of women’s funds occurred during the time of the 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing.

Only I wasn’t at the conference, I was on a study tour with a group of environmentalists in the Okavango Delta in Botswana, having just finished directing the 6th International Feminist Book Fair. On this particular day, I was getting out of a canoe on the river bank when I looked back and watched two women paddling toward our camp. As they came closer, I stared. There was Gloria Steinem with, I think, Ann Roberts, one of the daughters of the late Nelson Rockefeller, paddling down the river.

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Spark: Engaging Millennials in Policy Advocacy

Spark is educating and training the next generation of philanthropists to invest in the advancement of gender equality around the globe. For over ten years they’ve been engaging millennials in fundraising and crowd-sourced grantmaking programs—now they’re taking on policy advocacy.

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New Reports: Most States Fall Short on Work and Family Policies and Women’s Political Leadership

Two new reports released today in the Status of Women in the States: 2015 series, published by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), find that most states fall far short on work and family policies and women’s political leadership.

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