Mission: To invest in women and girls in our community through research, advocacy and strategic partnerships to eliminate gender inequity through systemic change.
Results: Through the Women's Policy Institute, the Women's Fund has trained more than 30 women in leadership, public policy and advocacy, to learn how to craft legislation and navigate the State House as policy leaders. In 2013 this work led to the passage of a historic paid family leave law when Rhode Island became the first in the nation to pass paid family leave law with job security. The first draft of this legislation was crafted by the Women's Policy Institute class in 2012.
Launched RIGAP - the Rhode Island Government Appointments Project - and successfully partnered with the Governor to more than double the number of women appointed by the Governor to cabinet level positions, boards, and commissions in the public sector.
Learn more at www.wfri.org
Target demographics: advance the lives of women and girls by eliminating gender bias.
Geographic areas served: State of Rhode Island
Programs: Training women in leadership, public policy and advocacy. The Women's Fund of Rhode Island is the go-to source for policy and research in the advancement of women and girls in our state.
Starting as a grant reviewer, meeting the grantees and then serving as a board chair I have been surrounded by amazing women doing work to improve the environment for women and girls in our state. The mission and initiatives are progressive, innovative and brilliant.
The state and national landscape that the Fund finds itself in is a challenging one, but the work is strengths-based, evidence-based and iterative. Initiatives have been in partnership, with sustainable systems change in mind.