Activist women donors are the wave of the future for social change. Activism is an essential part of feminist philanthropy. Women donors are often hyper-conscious of their inner-outer integrity as feminists, and work hard to align their activism with their giving. See how women donors take action with feminist activist giving for social change.
Young feminists have been organizing across the globe for decades, but their work, particularly in the media sector, has been woefully underfunded. I know, since I was one of them. In 1969, when I co-founded Women Make Movies, women’s funds didn’t exist.
Over the decades, thousands of young activists have gathered at events like the International Forum on Women’s Rights and Development, the flagship event of AWID (Association of Women’s Rights in Development), and have talked about the need for more funding for young feminists, particularly in media. As the last decade closed, many young activists lamented that no women’s fund specifically addressed their youthful organizing needs. So they decided to start their own, with AWID and Fondo Centralamericano de Mujeres (Central America Women’s Fund) incubating this spark of an idea.
David Callahan, editor and publisher of Inside Philanthropy, will participate in a forum at the 2017 Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy honorees announcement today. The forum is entitled A New Landscape of Giving: Power, Policy, and Philanthropy and will also include Boston Globe investigative reporter Sacha Pfeiffer and Karl Zinsmeister, vice president of publications, The Philanthropy Roundtable, as panelists,with Stacy Palmer, Chronicle of Philanthropy editor, as moderator.
This will be a chance to see some of the most knowledgeable people in philanthropy discuss the trends and events that they see reshaping the landscape of giving. It sounds like a great recipe for some thought-provoking conversation, plus you can stay tuned for the announcement of the winners of Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy, which is given to honor individuals dedicating private wealth to the public good. The awards are made by an international selection committee made up of leaders from over 20 organizations established by Carnegie.
One of the things I love about Ellevate Network is the way they are bringing together authority, autonomy, and agency in order to grow gender equality movements. Sallie Krawcheck comes with the authority in finance, she has now launched Ellevate which gives her vision more autonomy, and today Ellevate is taking a big step to increase the agency of gender equality movements by hosting its first-ever summit to mobilize gender equality movements.
From the Summit’s webpage:
Action. Impact. Power.
These words are some of the ones we deal with every day at Ellevate Network. We know women have power (after all we hold trillions of dollars in investable assets, control 86% of consumer spending and are starting businesses at a faster pace than men.) And yet, there is still gender inequality.
Recently, one of our lead sponsors, Emily Nielsen Jones, philanthropist and Co-founder of Imago Dei Fund, raised the warning flag about the growing conservative Christian influence on religious culture in the U.S. Now, a new report has come out that warns of a growing conservative religious influence on the United Nations. The report, entitled Rights at Risk and produced by The Observatory on the Universality of Rights (OURS), argues that “the universality of human rights is under attack by an increasingly coordinated and agile set of anti-rights actors operating in the international human rights sphere.”
Recently, I got an email from Stephanie Gillis, Senior Advisor at the Raikes Foundation, wanting to “explore potential synergies” with the work we are doing at Philanthropy Women. Naturally, I was eager to do so, and soon learned about Givingcompass.org, a new team effort of several foundations and nonprofits, aimed at drawing on the chops of the tech sector in order to provide more resources for the philanthropy sector, particularly around how to assess the quality of philanthropy and get the most impact per philanthropy dollar.
I have spent the past few years observing, writing about, and getting more involved in the world of women’s philanthropy. During that time, multiple experts have referred to the work of Kimberlé Crenshaw as being essential to the changes we now see going on in philanthropy, with more efforts to apply both a gender and race lens when framing problems and funding new strategies.
Indeed, with her scholarship, advocacy, and legal expertise, Crenshaw has helped build and disseminate whole new areas of knowledge including critical race theory and intersectional theory. These concepts have helped philanthropists like Peter Buffett and organizations like the NoVo Foundation apply an inclusive gender and race lens that values and addresses the needs of women and girls of color in the United States.
Since its launch in May of 2016, I have started following Ellevate Network on my Twitter feed, and I am always impressed by the quality of their material on both gender equality and gender lens investing. Now, the new startup that aims to capture the $11 trillion women’s investing market, is holding a conference in June to activate gender equality movements. Sallie Krawcheck, the architect and founder of Ellevest, came to my attention last spring when I was creating a list of 9 Gender Lens Investors to Know About.
Here is my capsule on Krawcheck from that article:
Sallie Krawcheck, CEO and Co-Founder, Ellevest
Known as one of the most senior women on Wall Street, Sallie Krawcheck is a mastermind of finance who has now broken out on her own to make gender lens investing a priority. Formerly president of the Global Wealth and Investment Management division of Bank of America, Krawcheck is widely published on issues ranging from Wall Street regulatory reform to how to manage a start-up. Krawcheck is on a mission to close the gender investing gap, and help women everywhere figure out a good equation for money in their lives. In a recent interview for CNBC about Ellevest, Krawcheck was quoted as saying, “If I were to go very Gloria Steinem on you, I’d say until we get this gap closed, we’re not going to be equal.” Her new platform, Ellevest, is just getting started on cashing in on the $11 trillion market of assets controlled by women.
Now, Ellevate Network is holding an inaugural summit in New York City on June 21st, in order to gather together powerful women “across business, media, and politics to develop an action plan for accelerating the pathway towards gender equality.”
From the press release:
Ellevate Network’s global chapters host 500 events a year providing professional women with a forum to discuss some of the most difficult questions professional women face today – How do women make more money at work? How do companies better support women employees – including paid leave, sponsorship, and skills development? How can women break into leadership positions and stay there, receive funding, make their voices heard, support other women?
These discussions need a bigger stage. Ellevate Network operates under the belief that bringing communities together with diverse voices will yield unique solutions and result in progress. Ellevate’s Mobilizing the Power of Women Summit will convene some of the most powerful voices in business today: from tech, corporations, entertainment, media, sports, and more. Featured speakers include Sallie Krawcheck, Chair of Ellevate Network; Allison Levine, mountain climber, explorer and NYT best-selling author; Jessica Bennett, author of Feminist Fight Club; Craig Newmark, Founder of Craigslist; Wade Davis II, former NFL player and activist; Erika Ervin (Amazon Eve), transgender activist, model and actress on American Horror Story: Freak Show; and fashion PR legend Kelly Cutrone.
For those interested in attending, the event will include sessions on:
Death of The Queen Bee: Turning Competition Into Collaboration
Innovation: If You Can’t Find It, Make It
Disrupting Diversity: Creative Ways to Approach an Age-Old Problem
Information is Power: How Interconnectedness, Media, and Access to Information Create Change
Ellevate Network President Kristy Wallace said, “Ellevate Network’s very first Summit, Mobilizing the Power of Women, is going to be a groundbreaking event where some of the brightest minds in business today come together to form real solutions. We could not be more pleased with the line-up we’ve secured, and are really looking forward to a productive, inspirational, and actionable event in June. This is exactly what Ellevate Network is all about, and now more than ever we need to be having these conversations about women’s place in business.”
The event will take place at AppNexus in New York City on Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 from 8:30 AM to 7:00 PM. To register or learn more, click here.
For those who are unable to attend live, the event will also be livestreamed.
If you’re interested in sponsoring this event, please contact corporate(at)ellevatenetwork(dot)com. If you’d like to attend the event as media, please contact tina(at)ellevatenetwork(dot)com.
About Ellevate Network: Ellevate Network is a global network of professional women committed to elevating each other through education, inspiration, and opportunity. Our mission is to close the gender achievement gap in business by providing women with a community to lean on and learn from.
I will let The New York Times fill you on what happened at this meeting with NATO and European Union leaders, but this picture tells a large part of the story about what global leadership looks like today — it is heavily male-dominated. Hopefully as more philanthropy takes on gender equality, we will see the percentages of women in politics increase.
As a social worker, I know too well how local justice systems do not always render judgements that best serve women and girls. I have had the experience of counseling domestic violence survivors still suffering major injuries from a recent assault, and these victims telling me that the offender is already back on the street, and they are afraid for their lives.
So for me, and the clients I serve, it is exciting to learn about the Gender Justice Uncovered Awards, a way to push for better decision-making in the courts worldwide by giving judges positive and negative reinforcement for their decisions involving women and girls.
Women’s Link Worldwide created the awards “to recognize that the comments made by judges and the courts have a strong influence on the sense of justice and the daily life of all people in countries across the world, whatever their political system or religious traditions and beliefs.”
Women’s Link Worldwide sees the courts as a tool for advancing civil society, and with this projects is working to engage judicial authorities in a meaningful dialogue about the rights and protections of women and girls. The awards are given to “sentences or decisions that have had a positive or negative effect on gender equality, such as, for example, decisions regarding sexual and reproductive rights, gender violence, equality in family relations, and gender discrimination.”
The Awards take a carrot and stick approach to the court decisions involving women and girls. The Gavel Awards serve as the carrot — and are given to decision that are promote gender equality. The Gavel Award highlights judicial decisions that protect and advance human rights for women. The Bludgeon Awards serve as the stick — and are given to decisions that are retrograde and discriminatory against women and girls.