Feminist Donors: The Way to the Future

It’s always great to see your name up in lights, particularly at such a highly esteemed publication as Women’s eNews. Alyssa Fisher, the 2020 fellow in the Sy Syms Journalistic Excellence Program at Women’s eNews called me up and let me have a great riffing session on what it’s like to be at the helm of our small but mighty publication, Philanthropy Women, and what I see feminist donors doing for the world that no one else is doing.

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From the article:

The idea to launch  a website dedicated to women in philanthropy first came to Kiersten Marek in 2016, when Hillary Clinton was anticipated to win the presidential election and become the United State’s first woman president. When she launched it the following  year, it felt even more pertinent. 

“I really thought, ‘Wow, she’s going to get elected, and there’s going to be this massive realigning of government and social strategy about gender equality,’” said Marek, founder and editor-in-chief of Philanthropy Women. “But that didn’t happen, and instead we immediately saw regressions as soon as Donald Trump came into office.”

The article goes on to interview some of the top names in women’s philanthropy including Donna Hall, Sarah Haacke Byrd, and Sapphira Goradia.

The message is clear: women donors have been at the cutting edge of real change for decades, from ecofeminist strategies to wage equality advocacy to inclusiveness that is built into the system of our collective bodies. Yet the work itself faces many barriers in terms of getting patriarchal individuals and institutions to wake up, smell the coffee, and start funding like they do.

Check out the article! It’s totally amazing in terms of capturing this moment as an inflection point around women’s leadership and women’s financial power to push for a better world.


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Author: Kiersten Marek

Kiersten Marek, LICSW, is the founder of Philanthropy Women. She practices clinical social work and writes about how women donors and their allies are advancing social change.

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