Social Change Story: Planned Parenthood

Women’s Fund Grant Partners move needle for positive social change & gender equality. To illuminate the grantmaking in action and the work being done for women and girls, we are bringing their stories to you. Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio’s Peer Education Program successfully recruits and trains teenage women to be peer educators. Participants receive training in an evidence-based prevention …

Media Statement: Councilmember Stinziano disrupts gender bias

This afternoon The Women’s Fund supported the efforts made by Councilmember Stinziano as he held a press conference announcing grants to allow small businesses and organizations to increase equal access to diaper changing stations for all parents and guardians in the City of Columbus. Click here to learn more. Media statement: Women are too often the only ones associated with …

New Directions announces change

This week, Women’s Fund Grant Partner New Directions Career Center announced upcoming changes with the community. Caroline Woliver, their Director of Outreach & Program Management, had influential remarks we wanted to share for their leadership and emphasis on gender norms: “Tonight is a night of celebration, of evolution, and of embracing change- something we regularly expect and see in the …

Social Change Story: New Directions

Grant Partners move needle for positive social change & gender equality. To illuminate the grantmaking in action and the work our Grant Partners are doing for women and girls, we are bringing their stories to you. New Directions Career Center’s Career SOS Program for Women provides holistic career counseling and career development services helping women address barriers to their employment goals. …

From audience to action: Keyholder 2017

“We did not just change the game, we rewrote the rules.” When Poet Barbara Fant read this line as she opened the Keyholder stage, she set the tone for what was to be a profound, powerful discussion on what it means to change the game. Every year I attend Keyholder with my annual date (my mom!) and every year, I …

#WageWeek: changing the narrative

#WageWeek galvanized our community, encourage individuals to consider their implicit gender biases. Throughout the week of April 3rd, over 150 people took time out of their days to look at the gender pay gap with a gender lens. Each wondering, How does gender impact financial security, and looking forward to solutions. Facilitated by 11 community partners, conversations occurred in offices, …

#WageWeek: change starts with conversation

Think about what it means to be a man. What words come to mind? What about what it means to be a woman? These were the first questions my group tackled during our #WageWeek conversation at Land Grant Brewing Company in Franklinton. I signed up to attend this event, organized by the Women’s Fund, because I’m concerned about the wage …

Income Inequalities Intensify for Women

In the response to March 20 Dispatch article, Income Inequality: Despite thriving economy, many in Central Ohio struggle in low-wage jobs: Since 2008, I’ve been on the forefront of gender-based research as the President and CEO of The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio, a public foundation working to create gender equality and influence. I echo that economic inequality is a …

Game Changers: Billie Jean King & Lisa Ling

On May 4, Lisa Ling will interview Billie Jean King on the Keyholder stage at the Ohio Theatre. Two game changers in their own right, these visionary women have always thought about the bigger picture. “No one changes the world who isn’t obsessed.” – Billie Jean King A literal game-changer, Billie Jean is known for her tennis victory in 1973, …

Social Change Story: Girls on the Run

Our Grant Partners move the needle for positive social change and gender equality. To illuminate the grantmaking in action and the work our Grant Partners are doing for women and girls, we are bringing their stories to you. Girls on the Run (GOTR) of Central Ohio educates girls in grades 3-8 (ages 8-14) over the course of the 10 week/20 lesson …