Making HerStory Project’s advocacy efforts will focus on building a bi-partisan foundation for state-by-state support of women’s economic empowerment.
Electing Women to Public Office
From a local to national level, we are seeking to empower women to take leadership roles in elected offices and a more active participation in political decision-making processes. Our support is bi-partisan and politically agnostic.
We believe that women’s engagement in political leadership is a crucial factor to getting women’s issues and rights brought to the forefront and promoting gender parity. Participation by women in politics can have an undeniable positive impact for society as a whole. According to Women Deliver, when women are meaningfully represented in leadership bodies such as legislatures, the laws and decisions that are made are more likely to be inclusive and take into account diverse perspectives. In addition, their findings suggest that countries with a greater proportion of women as top decision-makers in the legislature have lower levels of income equality and more lasting peace agreements.
We believe that the economic elevation of women will and can have tremendous socio-economic ramifications. Empowering women in the workplace can lead to a better society as a whole.
According to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, closing the gender wage gap would cut poverty amount working women and their families by more than half and add $513 billion to the national economy. On average, female full time year round workers made only 82 cents for every dollar earned by men.
Board Representation In the United States, women hold less than 20% of the board seats for S&P 500 companies. This number is even smaller in Asia, Africa and South America.
C-Suite Mentorship Although the number has increased in recent years, only 25% of the C suite positions in the top 1000 US companies are female. Of these companies only 6% of the CEOs are female.
“Women belong in all places where decisions are being made. … It shouldn’t be that women are the exception.”
-Ruth Bader Ginsburg
“A feminist is anyone who recognizes the equality and full humanity of women and men.”
“Women are leaders everywhere you look—from the CEO who runs a Fortune 500 company to the housewife who raises her children and heads her household. Our country was built by strong women, and we will continue to break down walls and defy stereotypes.”
“In the future, there will be no female leaders. There will just be leaders.”
“The empowerment of women is not only morally right it is also practical in the positive impact it has on so many social ills.”
Supporting a Legislative Agenda for Women in all Phases of Life
Our goal is to advocate and lobby for legislative reforms and policies that promote the well-being of women and their families. From personal safety at school and in the workplace to dependent care, family-friendly employment practices and anti-discriminatory practices, it is critical that women’s voices are heard in all key areas that impact their everyday lives.
We seek to mobilize decision-makers to ensure the passage of key legislation that will allow women and their families to develop to their full potential.
We are seeking to advance gender equality by advancing women and girls in the areas of innovation, finance, technology, arts and film, among others.
We believe that for the next generation of women entrepreneurs, it will be imperative for them to have access to needed resources to launch their businesses. Our goal is to help these women remove the barriers to entrepreneurship by connecting them with access to capital and appropriate networking opportunities. Most importantly, we seek to connect them with mentors that can help guide their businesses and potentially avoid many start-up pitfalls.
We view entrepreneurship as a way women can produce income, promote their independence and become leaders in society as a whole.