Did you know? Research on women’s economic, political, and social status in the United States, rated Florida D+ when assessing the status of women. If progress continues at the rate of change since 1975, Florida, along with other Southern states, won’t achieve gender parity until at least 2066. Therefore, it is imperative to invest in causes that advocate for the leadership and development of local women and girls.
Naples United Church of Christ has partnered with the Women’s Foundation of Southwest Florida to Elevate Her SWFL with a $5,000 grant award. The grant is matched by individual donors and corporate underwriters. A $10,000 grant to Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida and a $10,000 grant to the PACE Center of Lee and Collier County were awarded at a January 27, 2015 event to launch the Women’s Foundation Initiative Elevate Her SWFL, formerly known SparkSWFL. Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida will apply the funds to signature programs such as Baby Think It Over, which helps teenagers understand the full-time commitment of parenting. Pace Centers for Girls in Lee and Collier in Immokalee will invest in programs to offer a healthy healing environment to their clients. For more information, the agency websites are listed below:
In addition, the NUCC grant will be leveraged and matched in the form of PopUp grants to other nonprofits serving women and girls in Southwest Florida.
The Women’s Foundation of Southwest Florida Is the only non-profit in Southwest Florida focused exclusively on women and girls and was the first to publish academic research assessing the status of women in the area. Signature programs include #StopSellingOurKids, Kiva Zip Micro-Loan Program, and PopUps. The Women’s Foundation welcomes financial contributions to support key initiatives. Follow the Women’s Foundation online at https://fundwomenfl.org, http://facebook.com/womensfundfl and on http://twitter.com/womensfundfl. To learn more about the Status of Women visit https://fundwomenfl.org/research/
How are women fairing in the South vs the rest of the country?
A first of its kind report highlights the differences between women in the Southern region of the US and the rest of the country.
With the exception of the District of Columbia, which received a B on women’s overall status, no state in the South was graded higher than a C- overall.
(For purposes of the report, the South is defined as Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia , and the District of Columbia.)
The Institute for Women’s Policy Research presents a new analysis report of the Status of Women in the South.
This is the first report to provide a comprehensive portrait of the status of women, particularly the status of women of color, in the southern states, grading each state on six different topic areas related to women’s economic, political, health, and social status. With the exception of the District of Columbia, which received a B on women’s overall status, no state in the South was graded higher than a C- overall. The report also features spotlights on special population groups in the South, including Millennial women, older women, immigrant women, rural women, LGBT women, and women with disabilities. The report is available in full and by topic area at http://statusofwomendata.org/south/.
Read the full report and key findings at http://statusofwomendata.org/south/.
In 2015, Florida received a D+ on a Status of Women survey by The Women’s Policy Research Center, the survey analyzed economics, safety, health, and leadership of local women. Learn more about it HERE.
As a response to this concerning score, The Women’s Foundation of Southwest Florida is working with the Florida Women’s Funding Alliance (FWFA) to commission a groundbreaking study of women in Florida by county and to develop actionable policy recommendations to shift from a D+ to an A for Florida women.
Our President, Brenda Tate is very excited about this project “In addition to the state-wide impact of this project, every foundation with local or regional focus will have access to accurate facts on the status of women in Florida. In Southwest Florida we will have current county data on women for Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Hendry, and Glades Counties as the reports are released. The reports will inform our investments in women and girls of Southwest Florida.”
The data presented in Status of Women in Florida by County will serve as a resource for advocates, policymakers, and other stakeholders who seek to develop community investments, programs and public policies that can lead to positive changes for women and their families. The first report in the series will be released in fall 2016.
Women’s Foundation of Southwest Florida
Community Foundation for Northeast Florida’s Women’s Giving Alliance
Community Foundation for Ocala Marion County
Joseph H. and Florence A. Roblee Foundation
Community Foundation of Collier County’s Women’s Initiative Network
Jewish Women’s Foundation of the Greater Palm Beaches
Community Foundation of Tampa Bay
Women’s Foundation of Palm Beach County
Community Foundation of South Lake County
Women’s Fund of Miami-Dade
Human trafficking signs will save lives. It’s January 1, 2016. Is your county government enforcing human trafficking signs in strip clubs and massage parlors? Here’s why this is so important:
Other counties in Southwest Florida are falling behind. Today, they cannot enforce the life saving signs in strip clubs and massage parlors. Reach out to your county commissioner TODAY and let them know you would like action. The model sign based on Florida law is above. The Human Trafficking Sign Ordinance Template is below. Please share with your commissioner.
Lee County Board of Commissioners
Currently studying the issue.
Charlotte County Board of Commissioners
Current status unknown.
Hendry County Board of Commissions
Current status unknown.
Glades County Board of Commissioners
Current status unknown.
2016 is the year to change the way philanthropy is done in Southwest Florida. Here at the Women’s Foundation we believe the community should have a voice in determining how funds raised are allocated to organizations serving women and girls; this is the reason we created Spark SWFL.
Attend our inaugural event to see how you can reignite philanthropy and help women in need. To become a founder and learn about sponsorship or underwriter opportunities visit SparkSWFL.org. Connect with us in Facebook or via email contact@FundWomenFL.org.