Sisters Unite! Girls and Women’s Groups
The Kota Project chose their name very deliberately. “Kota” (pronounced “koh-tah”) has several meanings. It is a dwelling of Sami people in Northern Europe; it means “allies” in a Native American language; it means “core of an apple” in Finnish; and “city” in Indonesian.
The Kota Project works to empower women around the world by providing subsidized office, conference, and event space to women’s NGOs located in New York City. Their mission is quite ambitious and yet achievable.
They seek to create a World Center for Women – physical premises in New York City for not-for-profit organizations whose global mission is to improve women’s lives.
The purpose of the World Center for Women is to provide subsidized office, conference, and event space in New York City to qualified women-focused organizations allowing them to channel critical resources toward their programs in the field. It will be a hub for like-minded organizations, and an incubator for fruitful collaborations.
At Sisterhood of the Pantsuit, we are honored to name The Kota Project as the first recipient of 10% of the profit from the sale of Sisterhood pins during the month of May 2015.
The Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN) is the only national organization with the sole focus of preparing college women for leadership in the public policy arena. Based in Washington, D.C. PLEN teaches hundreds of female students about how public policy is shaped from the inside out. Students meet with the movers, shakers and policy makers at the highest levels in Congress, federal agencies, the courts, the media, advocacy organizations and the private sector. Women leaders in DC serve as mentors and teachers. Founded in 1979
- Mentoring in leadership, public policy, advocacy, business, politics
- Coaching in leadership, public policy, advocacy, business, politics
- Education around and about public policy, business, advocacy, politics
There are only two kinds of change, personal and social. Girls for a Change (GFC) gives girls and young women the training, education and opportunity to develop the leadership skills to change themselves and the world. They actually create teams to encourage girls to make real changes in their own communities. What’s a leader without problem solving abilities and a vision for how they want to change the world? GFC inspires, teaches and shows girls how to develop convictions, boundaries, and confidence. They also see them as future leaders and connect them with adult female coaches who serve as powerful role models and teach them the ropes when it comes to impacting their neighborhoods and the surrounding city, state and country. Founded in 2002.
Location: California, Texas, Georgia, Arizona, Indiana, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, DC and Internationally in El Salvador, India, Nicaragua, Rwanda, Uganda and Mexico.
Create Girl Action Team Projects in every state and country where they are positioned. Such action teams do projects such as:
- Educate the children and families of immigrants regarding access to education and their rights in the USA
- Plan rallies to end violence and sexual assault against women in Richmond, Virginia
- Create public service announcements about drug and substance abuse
National Crittenton Foundation A girl’s past does not determine her future,or least it doesn’t have to. One in three girls in the United States is sexually abused. Still more experience the trauma of physical abuse, drug addiction, foster care, homelessness or sexual trafficking. The National Crittenton Foundation helps girls and women heal from poverty, abuse, and addiction and learn that they are not their past. They are more, and NCF can help them discover and fulfill their potential. Founded in 1883.
Location: 31 states and the District of Columbia
- Host and participate in meetings, conferences and advocacy with government agencies,foundations and policy makers to increase the visibility and understanding about the needs and potential of marginalized girls and young women in America
- Help girls and young women recover from trauma they have experienced
- Educate young mothers about the placement and custody rights when they’re in fostercare
- Provide guidebooks,education and resources for teen mothers who have decided to raise their child
- Operate 27 agencies in 31 states and the District of Columbia to provide help, guidance and resources for girls and young women suffering from sexual exploitation, child sexual abuse, domestic violence, substance abuse, depression and low educational achievement
From teen dating violence to domestic abuse, somewhere in the USA a woman is battered and beaten every 15 seconds. Partnership Against Domestic Violence in Atlanta, Georgia works to empower battered women and their children and to provide 24 shelters for them to find safety. They also educate the public on the dynamics of domestic violence. Time in existence: 39 years
Location: Atlanta, GA
- 24-hour crisis line
- Emergency Safe House (two)
- Parenting Services
- Supportive Housing
- Legal Advocacy
- Community Based Services
- Teen Dating Violence Prevention Program
- Community Outreach
- Community Support Groups
- Children and Youth Program
Nearly 2 million women around the world are diagnosed with breast and cervical cancer every year. Low and middle-income countries account for more than 55% of all breast cancer deaths and 90% of all cancer deaths.Women’s Empowerment Cancer Advocacy Network educates,advocates, shares the stories of women with cancer and reaches out to women’s organizations, doctors and professionals around the world to bring about changes in how women with cancer are treated. Founded in 2003.
Location: Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA), Seattle,Washington
· Organizes Breast Cancer Education, Outreach and Advocacy Summits
· Organizes a variety of educational and other meetings throughout Europe, Central Asia andAfrica
· Connects medical professionals with patients, advocates and policy makers
· Raises awareness of the crisis of cancer in women in developing countries
Advocates for Adolescent Mothers In a world where children are having babies, Advocates for Adolescent Mothers is there to give young teen-age parents develop the skills and support base they need in order to break the cycles of poverty, domestic abuse and homelessness among teen mothers. In addition to many of the challenges young mothers face, homelessness is among the greatest.Sixty percent of teen mothers were victims of child sexual abuse. Twenty-five percent of teen mothers become pregnant within two years of their first child. AAM helps serve, educate and empower these teen mothers. Founded in 2010.
Location: Chicago, Illinois
· Offers scholarships to homeless young mothers and their children
· Serves as avoice for young mothers to local, state and federal offices
· Annual Christmas Toy Drive for the children of homeless children
· Teen Parent Stable Housing Study in Chicago
· Safety Net Clinics
Tory Burch Foundation If money makes the world go round then economic empowerment makes women entrepreneurs successful. The Tory Burch Foundation was founded by working mother, designer and businesswoman Tory Burch. Her partner, Accion, a national non-profit micro lender, administers the Tory Burch Foundation funds, offering women financial access to capital for their businesses and/or education. They also partner with La Guardia Community College and Babson College in offering classes customized especially for early stage,women owned businesses. Founded in 2009.
Location: New York City,New York
- Micro loans from $500 to $5,000 for women owned businesses
- Partners with community colleges to provide classes customized for early-stage,women-owned businesses
- Mentorship program that matches leading business experts with entrepreneurs in need of business coaching, or advice
- Provides entrepreneurship training and guidance for high-potential, low income women
National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) isn’t just another women’s organization for female business owners.They’re an active organization promoting women’s business conferences, events and training dedicated to promoting change in the business culture. They’re about building strategic alliances, networking, and influencing public policy and national opinion makers. Founded in 1975.
Location: Washington, DC with chapters in every major metropolitan area
- NAWBO Institute for Entrepreneurial Development (a 501(c) 3) an educational foundation for emerging and established women entrepreneurs
- Accelerated Growth Series—a program to give women a comprehensive assessment of their business and the implication for long-term success
- Leadership boot camps to provide customized training for women business owners and current and future NAWBO leaders
Catalyst The name says it all. Catalyst is a force for change around the world, a company that seeks to understand and explain the world of work around the world. A nonprofit organization, their goal and mission is to expand opportunities for women and business. They not only want to see women changing the world, their focus is on diversity, awareness and women in all countries, business and stages of life.Their strength is grounded in their research of men and women in all jobs,geographies and businesses. They study trends, barriers to career advancement,strategies that work and strategies that don’t in order to provide the media,companies and individuals with the reports that reveal the challenges and career paths that work. They are the go-to source for information, research,facts and statistics on women and work. Founded in 1962.
Location: United States,India, Europe, Canada, Australia, Japan, and South Africa
- Measuring and reporting on business strategies
- Scientific, fact-based studies of leadership, gender and organizational gaps
WomenAble Women Able is about one thing, and one thing only—empowering women through economic empowerment and entrepreneurism worldwide. Asa research, program and policy development organization their sole mission is to improve the world for women owned businesses worldwide. They’ve worked with OPEN, American Express’ entrepreneurial and business products service. They offer a variety of research and resources for female entrepreneurs, including research briefs, reports, newsletters and how-to articles. They also have a reference library linked to organizations and women businesses they consider‘must-have’ works for all female professionals. Founded in 2005.
- Work with policy makers,organizations and businesses worldwide to implement, evaluate and improve policies and programs for women
- Provides information about women’s projects, partnerships and publications as well as news about what is happening around the world in the field of women’s enterprise development
International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) believes women are an integral part of fighting poverty, alleviating hunger and saving the world. Their mission is to empower women by providing them with the means, education, research and tools to become economically strong and to participate fully in their own society. They work in more than 30 countries with nearly 120 partners. Founded in 1976.
Location: Washington, DC
- Policy development
- Documenting the impact of issues that affect the health of the world’s women
- Analyzes the differences between the responsibilities of men and women and the impact limitations, culture and interests of each affect training and income
- Identify sound approaches to policy, roles and work in ways that benefit women and help families
Empowered Women International helps immigrant, refugee and low-income women create sustainable livelihoods. They do this by providing business training and mentoring and supporting business growth and building markets for products and services. They teach empowerment, entrepreneurship and self-sufficiency through three programs: (1) Entrepreneur, training for success (2) Grow my business and (3) Alumni Entrepreneur Services
- Business classes and education
- Marketing and business skills classes
- Social media training
- Financial training for business
- Create marketplaces for students and alumni to sell their art, services and products
- Recruit alumni to return and provide mentoring to new students
- Help clients cultivate their culture, skills and resources to start their own businesses
- Help immigrant, low-income and at risk women become self-sustaining business women
Our mission: we elect pro-choice democratic women to office.
Our vision is a government that reflects the people it serves, and decision makers who genuinely and enthusiastically fight for greater opportunity and better lives for the Americans they represent. We will work for larger leadership roles for pro-choice Democratic women in our legislative bodies and executive seats so that our families can benefit from the open-minded, productive contributions that women have consistently made in office.
“…Every day. Every election victory. We are helping to put women in to office who have the power to put progressive change to work…” – Ellen Malcolm, Founder and Chair
EMILY’s List’s vision is to be a driving force of change in America. By electing more pro-choice Democratic women to national, state and local office, EMILY’s List will consistently infuse our government with leaders who will drive change.Change that truly matters today, tomorrow and forever.
“EMILY’s List isn’t just about funding elections to get women elected. Our focus is on putting the right pro-choice Democratic women into office who will balance the face of the government, and make decisions that really improve societies across the country.” – Stephanie Schriock, President