March 7, 2014
For more than 100 years, International Women’s Day has celebrated women’s achievements while focusing world attention on areas requiring further action including:
- More women in senior leadership roles
- Growth of women-owned businesses
- More women in science, technology, engineering and math
Nonprofit organizations have played major roles in this ever evolving landscape. I’d like to take the opportunity to highlight five organizations that are doing their part in empowering women and girls.
- Catalyst – You can’t fix something you don’t understand. Catalyst specializes in research and understanding the world of work. Knowledge is power. Catalyst empowers businesses to use data-driven, scientific approaches to pinpoint and address the causes of talent management gaps.
- Girls Who Code – Girls Who Code Programs work to inspire, educate, and equip girls with the computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities.
- Girl Scouts – I was a girl scout, along with 50 million other American women. Girl Scouting has always strived to instill confidence and character in the girls who participated.
- New York Women in Communications – I would be remiss if I did not include the organization I manage on this list. Kellen Company client NYWICI empowers women at every stage of her career to advance by providing professional development tools and resources. NYWICI’s Foundation arm also awards financial support to women pursuing careers in communications.
- She’s the First – She’s the First sponsors girls’ education in developing nations, giving them the chance to become the first in their families to graduate from secondary school. The impact is indisputable. “Educate a girl and you educate a nation.” Research consistently shows that educating girls and enabling their participation in the workforce substantially increases a country’s GDP, or economic output.
There are umpteen women’s organizations that are making great strides for women. I have only listed a snapshot of the groups that are out there. What groups have you worked with that are doing great things for women? They should all be applauded for their efforts, especially tomorrow, March 8 for International Women’s Day.
And check out the post I wrote on last year’s International Women’s Day about why women’s organizations matter.