Leadership in Philanthropy Needs a Gender Lens

The leadership of philanthropy is still very male-dominated at the top. In this video, I discuss reasons why gender equality has not penetrated high level leadership in the nonprofit sector, and why feminist leadership has the capacity to transform the sector.

Kiersten Marek, LICSW, founder and editor of Philanthropy Women.

I made this video to participate in the Feminist Leadership Project’s series. If you’d like to participate in this project, you can go here for more details.


Women often has the ability to listen better to the community, and handle crises and manage health issues more competently. Without embracing these values, philanthropy will have difficulty evolving to become a catalyst of more comprehensive change for society.

Philanthropy Women covers funding for gender equity in all sectors of society. We want to significantly shift public discourse, particularly in philanthropy, toward increased action for gender equality. You can support our work and access unlimited and premium content with one of our subscriptions.


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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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