The world has come a long way in terms of women’s advocacy and the contribution of women to society as a whole. We have women running for president at a higher rate than ever, women managing successful presidential campaigns, women as CEOs of major multinational corporations, and now more than ever, women have an unprecedented level of freedom around the world.
Giving even more context to this progress, women account for 55% of undergraduates in 2016 and they make up 47% of the total U.S. workforce.
Even with all these achievements, women still face gendered obstacles in politics, education, and in the workforce. Luckily, there are many organizations out there dedicated to women’s advocacy. These organizations push our society forward in order to inspire women in the face of systemic adversity to excel in business, software development, higher education, the arts, and every other facet of our global economy.
In the spirit of this effort, I have compiled a list of five nonprofit organizations who go out of their way to support women.
Girls Write Now (GWN) is a mentorship organization for “at-risk” teenage girls in NYC public high schools. Their program is meant to help them beat hand that has been dealt to them and make it to college. Their program has earned the organization recognition by the White House, the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, and the New York City Council.
Their goal is to create opportunities in the marginalized female communities of New York City. So far they’ve been successful; 100% of their senior girls now attend college with significant writing portfolios.
Only 14.2% of the top leadership positions at Fortune 500 companies are held by women. In fact, the article goes on to explain that out of these 500 companies, only 24 are run by female CEOs. This is an issue that the Financial Women’s Association is fighting to change.
Financial Women’s Association (FWA) was formed in 1956 for the purpose of advancing the careers of women in finance by means of professional development. In addition to their development efforts, FWA also works hard to bring attention and recognition for women in business, as well as encourage more women to participate in the business sector.
Imagine how it must’ve felt for your family when its first member was given the chance to attend college in order to learn and build their career.
What if your family never had the chance to even attend high school? While here in the United States, women receiving their high school education is something we take for granted. However, in many other nations, high school is a luxury that few people, let alone women, can afford.
She’s The First takes this very seriously by providing sponsorship to girls in low-income countries in order to give them the chance to be the first to graduate from high school.
Unfortunately, there are countries where women are still forbidden from seeking an education. School Girls Unite was founded by a group of African women and 12-year old girls who were concerned about the educational rights of women in Mali.
While the United States has its own issues with sexism and poverty, countries such as Mali deal with situations that would be unthinkable in our own nation. According to their website, only 24% of girls in Mali make it to the 7th grade, while 300,000 girls aren’t in school at all.
School Girls Unite runs a scholarship program which funds the education of women in this poverty stricken and war-torn nation, in order to combat issues such as poverty, child marriage, and sexism.
Fusion reports that 92% of software developers are men. It is no secret that there is a significant gender gap in the tech industry. Luckily, efforts by Girls Who Code have been aimed at alleviating this issue. According to their website, tech jobs are one of the fastest areas of job growth in the United States, yet girls are shying away from computing at an even higher rate than the 1980s.
Girls Who Code has evolved from a small group of 20 girls in New York City to 10,000 girls in 42 states, all dedicated to getting women involved in software development and the tech industry as a whole. Their program has been so successful that they’ve been able to build partnerships with some of the biggest names in tech, such as Electronic Arts, Adobe, Amazon, and Microsoft.
As a member of the tech industry, it makes me happy to see such a big push in the direction of bringing more people from all different backgrounds into this community.
In fact, we at Capterra have partnered with Girls Who Code this December and we are donating $1 to the organization for every confirmed review left on our site. Visit our campaign page to leave a review of your nonprofit software and help out Girls Who Code!
With the help of these nonprofits, and many others like them, we can hope for a better future for women, not just in the United States, but also around the globe.
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