New research on the status of women and girls in Minnesota illuminates pathways to gender equality
The Women’s Foundation of Minnesota, in partnership with the University of Minnesota Humphrey School’s Center on Women & Public Policy, released new research today on the status of women and girls in the state in four key areas: economics, safety, health, and leadership. “Gender inequality continues to render women the nation’s poorest, reinforce systemic violence, produce substandard health outcomes, and deny women leadership opportunities across all sectors,” said Lee Roper-Batker, Foundation president and CEO. “When women thrive, so do their families and communities. Minnesota can and must do better. The data help us get there.”  >>Read press release  >>View/download the report  >>Access all Women’s Foundation of Minnesota research

Ripley Memorial Foundation: Open grant round until Aug. 4
The Ripley Memorial Foundation funds direct service programs which focus on teen pregnancy prevention. Applicants may be located in either Hennepin or Ramsey County. Priority is given to comprehensive programs which employ best practices and which serve populations experiencing the highest rate of teen pregnancy. >>Learn more

Local Music + Equality Advocate: Caroline Smith >> Huge thanks to Minnesota-homegrown, singer-songsmith, Caroline Smith, for her advocacy for women and girls’ equality and support for the work of the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota! She gave a shout out to us during her gig at the Basilica Block Party on Saturday, July 12. Read the City Pages review, here. And stay engaged with Caroline on her websiteFacebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Did we meet you somewhere along our statewide Road to Equality Tour? THANK YOU!
In June, the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota hit the state highways and byways on our 2014 Road to Equality Tour. The tour took us to seven Minnesota cities: Duluth, Grand Rapids, Rochester, Twin Cities, Mankato, Willmar, and Moorhead. We shared the latest findings from our 2014 Status of Women & Girls in Minnesota research, conducted focus groups, and learned how well the new data represents what’s happening for women and girls in your community. Thank you so very much for your time and interest in advancing equality in your community and in Minnesota.

Foundation releases new economics research on the status of women and girls in Minnesota
Poverty, Wage Gap, Occupational Clustering Biggest Barriers to Women’s Economic Security
| “We know that for women in our state to achieve economic security, women must first have economic opportunity, including access to education and training, good jobs, and childcare. This will improve the lives of women and of all Minnesotans,” said Lee Roper-Batker, president and CEO of the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota. >>Read press release   >>View/Download Economics research  >>Read Star Tribune Editorial   >>View/Download Women’s Economic Security Act of 2014   >>Access all Women’s Foundation of Minnesota research

EQUALITY Update (June 2014): SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING SCARF The June 2014 issue of our newsletter focuses on combining hopes, dreams, and fashion to build pathways to future prosperity. Read now.

2013 Annual Report, 30th Anniversary Issue (1983-2013) >>Read now

ABOUT PHILANTHROPY | As a statewide community foundation, we are truly “by the people, for the people.” And while we understand this concept, we recognize that a certain amount of mystery surrounds foundations (“community” or “public” versus “private,” for example) and the world of philanthropy, in general. In this space, we will occasionally share exceptional videos and articles to demystify and educate about the world of philanthropy and charitable giving.

>>TED MAR2013:  “The way we think about charity is dead wrong.” - In this TED Talks video, activist and fundraiser Dan Pallotta calls out the double standard that drives our broken relationship to charities. In this bold talk, he says, “Let’s change the way we think about changing the world.”

savingBobbi_100pxSTAR TRIBUNE - Saving Bobbi, a four-part series (Nov. 2013)
Story: Pam Louwagie | Photos by Elizabeth Flores
[P1] A Teen’s Sex Trafficking Ordeal
[P2] Lured by drugs, Used by Pimps
[P3] One Cop’s Determination
[P4] Struggling to Find a Way Forward

Prefer to read the series on your Apple, Kindle or Nook device?
Purchase & download the e-Book for $2.99. All proceeds go toward our MN Girls Are Not For Sale campaign to end child sex trafficking in the state.