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Causes: Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations, Human Services, Journalism

Mission: Women’s eNews is an award-winning nonprofit news service covering issues of particular concern to women and creating significant social impact through its work and collaborations: The competitive advantage of Women’s eNews lies in its unique combination of three functions: 1. Serious Reporting: Women’s eNews conducts high quality journalism on serious issues that are of particular concern to women. 2. Original Coverage of Under reported Issues: Women’s eNews publishes original reporting on issues ignored by other media. Women’s eNews articles are frequently reprinted by other news outlets and feminist blogs and websites, and often catalyze social action and additional reporting by other organizations. 3. Global Scope: Women’s eNews reports on issues affecting women in the United States and around the world, and its Arabic site is aimed specifically at women in the Middle East. Women’s eNews also hires freelancer reporters from across the globe and provides them high quality editing so that they may clearly, concisely and fairly tell the stories from the perspective of those living the issues.

Results: Women’s eNews has undoubtedly had a significant social impact, directly and indirectly affecting the lives of millions of people by providing coverage of important issues largely ignored by conventional media. At a more nuanced level, the organization currently creates impact in the following ways: • Women’s eNews helps set the news agenda for conventional media; • Women’s eNews impacts opinion leaders and policymakers; • Women’s eNews is a resource and catalyst for rights organizations and activists; • Women’s eNews uncovers injustices, draws attention to issues, disseminates information, and empowers readers; • Women’s eNews helps foster, train, and support the career development of new journalists with a focus on social justice and women’s rights; • Women’s eNews raises the profiles and supports the leadership development of its 21 Leaders for the 21st Century.

Target demographics: put women in the headlines and the bylines of news media

Geographic areas served: nearly every country across the globe

Programs: Black Maternal Health, a long running investigative series exploring the health disparities that exists for Black moms in America; Women and Poverty, a long running investigative series bringing life-bias for women economically to light; Arabic Women's eNews, an Arabic language sister site providing news and commentary for Arabic speaking women and 21 Leaders for the 21st Century, an annual leadership gala and program to support and celebrate those investing in women and girls.

Community Stories

149 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Women's eNews is a fantastic resource about current events that are impacting the lives of women and girls. I can always count on them for a good book review, an analysis of a policy initiative, or even a pop culture heads up. I've worked for a women's foundation for 3 years, and I always start my day by checking out what Women's eNews has to offer.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love the news I get from Women's eNews - I see things I am not learning about anywhere else. Almost every week there is a piece I forward to someone and their replies are all the same. "I wish I knew about this news source before!"

It has made a real difference to some of my friends -- and my certain business peers & clients think better of me for knowing so much.

Keep up the good work.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Women's eNews tells stories that no one else is telling... the fact that violence against women is still up is something the regular media pays no attention to... Women's eNews does.
The other evening they sponsored a program about female electricians. The women were dynamic and wonderful and committed but honest about the fact that they still face discrimination in the workplace--less than pleasant taunting and the very real fact that many of the tools are better suited for men. Women can do the same work but they need to approach the jobs differently since their bodies are different.
Regular news is only half the story; Women's eNews tells more and addresses issues worldwide

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Janet H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have a very vivid memory of sitting in 2nd grade in 1957 and learning about Pilgrims. The whole time the teacher was talking I was silently inquiring about the women Pilgrims. How did they take care of their babies, how did they make dinner, how did they take care of their clothes, why were they never the important part of the story. This continued my entire school life. Years have now passed but in that time I devoted many hours to education making sure that other young women could find the answers regarding womens' roles throughout history.
Today, I am an avid reader of Women's E-news. It gives me the details I need to know about the special role of women in our economy, society, diplomacy and entertainment. It is a vital part of my daily reading and information.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Besides being a board member in various nonprofit organizations, I am also a professor of political science who teaches the course Women, Power, and Politics as well as other courses in which I always include themes about women and gender. Women's Enews provides an extraordinary service to those who are hungry for in-depth reporting about women and gender in all parts of the world. Women's Enews covers the United States and many of approximately 200 countries about which all global citizens need to be informed! The reporting, objective and timely, is always women-centered. Alas, women-centered reporting is still rare and infrequent in mainstream news. I can always count on Women's Enews to be in my inbox upon rising and to offer a summary at week's end. Please recognize Women's Enews! My students and I depend on their fine reports!

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Susan Clarke DC

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I read Women's eNews EVERY DAY. As a health care practitioner I consider Women's eNews an essential part of my practice in that the information about women and women's health is hard to get consistently anywhere else- I pass on the site to all my clients, especially the women. I also appreciate the broad scope of the reporting.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I was turned on to Women's eNews after reading Half the Sky by Nick Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. They reccomended Women's eNews as a credible source of information for those who wanted to stay up on issues impacting women around the world. I look forward to getting Women's eNews daily email!

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been reading Women's E-news for a long time, and look forward to it everyday. The information is timely, accurate and speaks to issues that the other sources ignore. When the news says women and children first, they mean, who can we leave out? When Women's E-news says women and children first, it means what can we do to enhance the life of every woman and every child? I use Women's enews in my classes that I teach at Rutgers University. For example, in my Women, Culture & Society undergraduate class, many of the articles that have to do with how women are viewed in the US and the world fit right into my curriculum. When we study Women, war and Terrorism, one of the units, the articles that show are women are treated in other countries such as the women on Women's Shleter in Afghanastan or the one in January about the UN Superagency for women, all are excellent teaching tools. I also use the women's enews in my gradate social work class on Violence and Abuse in Childhood and encourage my students to subscribe to the daily enews.

Perhaps what is most important to me is that this organization not only speaks to my teaching and my brain, it speaks to my heart.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Women's eNews provides an essential service to the public by filling the void left by mainstream news outlets that often lack coverage of crucial women's issues. The organization itself is made up of a small but highly dedicated group of passionate people who choose to dedicate their time to advancing the mission of Women's eNews solely because they believe in the power of independent news outlets to help change the world. During my time there as an intern, I was amazed to see how such a small team has been able to grow WeNews into such an incredible and reliable news service over its ten years of operation. I know that WeNews will only continue to flourish, and its power to shed light on essential women's issues will grow with each new reader.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been a subscriber to the Women's E-News almost since its inception. I find it indispensable and I have shared it with many others, thus leading to their subscribing. I love the format of the service and the range of topics covered--essential stories including policy issues, reproductive rights, equal employment opportunity; reporting on the lives of women around the world, and historical pieces--I love this service and wouldn't want to have to get along without it!

Review from Guidestar

Sheyndl

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hi:

I am a feminist activist, author, public speaker, and attorney. I am a NOW co-founder and I was the first woman attorney in the Office of the General Counsel at the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission).

I read several sources several times daily to keep up with developments impacting women and e-mail that information to my feminist e-mail list. The Womens eNews is an invaluable help to me in this regard.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I look forward to Womens eNews in my inbox every day. Women's eNews fills a critical gap of traditional journalism. They write stories of the triumphs and challenges that women face worldwide. Their reporting inspires me to continue to work for causes that support women and girls. I am involved in a non-profit that supports women in East Africa through micro lending. Women's enews has confirmed my belief that women should be supported worldwide to make positive changes in their families, communities and countries.
Their stories highlight areas where we as global citizens can improve and where women have triumphed over great adversity. It inspires me.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

I study e news and look for stories that are relevent to me in terms of micro credit and womens issues.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Women's Enews is a vital news outlet that I trust to give unbiased, thorough news about what women are doing, what women are dealing with, and laws and research that affects us in both positive and negative ways. The mainstream news is too often redundant and does not investigate, or even report on, topics important to women. We women are too often ignored but for stereotypical projections that are much too commonly found in mainstream news. Women's Enews offers an alternative. I often forward their reports to younger women I know, or mothers with young children. And I am usually sent a big 'thank you' email in return. I hope you support them with as much financial help as possible.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Although I do not read the Women's e News every day, nor do I read the news in general, when I do so I prefer to read the stories that are less likely to make the news in the mainstream press.

Also, women are interesting to me as people. I retired from my private practice counseling women in Maryland some years ago but the issues facing us are still the same.

Reading recently about the Indian night soil sweepers who carried the waste in baskets on their heads in India was a story I would have encountered only in novels if I did not have Women's eNews.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Women's eNews covers the stories about women that are buried in the back pages of the "mainstream" media or not covered at all. Their national and international coverage helps me keep up with current events even though I rarely have time to sit down and read a conventional newspaper or magazine. In addition, they organize and partner in events that bring women's stories to the fore. Their work is invaluable.

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Mehru J.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Women's eNews is part of my daily diet. It helps me to keep alive that essential aspect of gender perspective.
My view of the world is incomplete without the daily dose of Women's eNews which keeps me in touch with what is happening in the life of more than half the population of the globe.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Women's eNews helps female professionals directly and indirectly. Each year the organization recognizes 21 female leaders nationally. This recognition helps our individual efforts nationally and locally by bringing credibility to them. The celebration of the awards, which brings us together and introduces us to each other, is extremely helpful to our networking. In addition, by identifying national-level women who are successful in their fields and who have assisted other women, Women's eNews inspires the next generation to success in their fields and to assist other women similarly. The organization is unique and plays an important role in the advancement of women nationally.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Women's eNews provides wide-ranging international coverage that keeps this international business consultant and advocate of gender equity and women's empowerment well-informed and up-to-date on evolving policies, news, activities and events that impact women. Their coverage also gives me a window on topics or women's perspectives that general media frequently overlook.



As an activist during the 2008 Presidential campaign with Women for Obama and the Women's Leadership Forum, I was drawn to WeN by it's fund-raising appeal to assure that women's voices and concerns were covered at the Democratic Convention in Denver. When I began visiting regularly the WeN website, I was astonished to see the extensive international coverage and now rely on it to stay informed.



WeN’s searing coverage of women in conflict zones is critical to exposing the breadth of problems, particularly sexual abuse as a weapon of war. It's ongoing spotlight on the Democratic Republic of the Congo resonates with me as I lived in DRC, then Zaire, where I traveled alone without concern for security to the eastern part of the country, now the epicenter of war and abuse in this mineral-rich country.



I have also participated in events organized by WeN, from film screenings to panel discussions and award presentations. An historic walk in lower Manhattan educated me about the dynamic women who fought the battle for equal rights just blocks from where I was educated and worked on Wall Street -- without a clue that I was surrounded by such supportive spirits.



I am a strong fan of WeN and wish that it did not have to expend so much energy in raising funds to operate. It is an important resource, performs a critical and needed service to keep women’s news in the forefront, and is deserving of wider support.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I first heard of Women's eNews because a friend writes for them. So I subscribed to their mailing list and am now an avid reader of their content. They offer a different view of the news, a more compassionate view expressed by the women affected by issues in our society. Please check them out. I think you'll discover, like I did, that reading these stories from a woman's perspective helps to better understand our crazy world.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Born in South Africa, I have, since 1966, when I arrived in the US, been actively engaged in seeking to change the ways U.S. foreign and economic policies impact, often causing great harm, on African struggles for freedom and democracy. I was for many years Executive Director of the American Committee on Africa (ACOA), one of the key solidarity organizations relating to Africa. I am now continuing my interest from a "retirement" that still leaves me deeply engaged in key issues, and I value the keen eye with which Women's eNews watches African developments. I have maintained many contacts and information sources on the continent, but one of the continuing "lacks" is a sustained focus on the critical arena of what is happening to women in Africa. Any photo of "Africa's Leaders"
immediately highlights the problem..... woman hold up half the sky, but they are almost totally absent from leadership roles at all "publically" recognized levels, although they play a critical role at the base, community levels of their societies.

ENews provides important ongoing attention and stories about what is happening to women in Africa, with a range of reports, from vignettes on the activiities of individuals, groups or alliances, to analysis of repressive legislation, policy developments etc.

I use their material for background constantly -

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carlla

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I worked with Women's eNews on a program on teen dating abuse and domestic violence. Their coverage was comprehensive and insightful.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Women's E-News is invaluable to more than half the population whose interests are so poorly served by other news venues. it's a scandal-- the lack fo emplyment of women journalists and the lack of coverage of issues women contend with, and much has been written about it for decades, yet the change has been glacial. Women's eNews is not only necessary, it is also executed to the highest standard of journalism.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Women's eNews fills a much needed chasm in reporting on women's issues. Mainstream media simply doesn't focus on global issue concerning women, but Women's eNews does. Every day they deliver original reporting and I wouldn't know 1/10th of what I know about women's issues if not for Women's eNews. They are the best source of news concerning women, and they focus on issues like domestic violence, economic empowerment, and other topics that get no mainstream coverage unless it's about a movie or rock star. Women's eNews cares about all women, not just famous women.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

a rare comprehensive and broadly international focus on women's issues and concerns which fills a major gap for all of us.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I read the news regularly. I find it fills an essential gap in the papers. It keeps me updated on the hidden issues affecting women in the world that do not appear in the mainstream news. The only down side is that it is rather US-centric though.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great articles with stories you don't see anywhere else! The e-news letter has really opened my eyes to what's going on with women around the world and in the U.S.

10

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Women's ENews makes visible and real what the powers-that-be would prefer stay invisible and disbelieved or unknown. Their 'audacity' in declaring the 'cheers and jeers' in women's lives as NEWS exposes the matrix of false priorities and propaganda masquerading as "important".

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

Women's eNews plays in integral part in empowering women. I respect the diverse articles that the organization covers and feel that this organization deserves recognition for their actions.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was recently honored by Women's E-News as one of 21 Leaders for the 21st Century, along with 20 other amazing recipients. One was a man doing legal work on behalf of battered women. Other leaders included a doctor working in faraway places for maternal health and child well-being; women completing a Torah; policy makers;a fabulous 88 year old journalist courageously reporting throughout her life, and now onto a new project. The breadth and diversity of these leaders included, black, white, Muslim, Jewish, Christian, young, old, men, women from many parts of the globe. We had the pretty the passable, and the downright unclassifiable, and we were all dressed up, down, or well, how shall I say? uniquely. Pretty much like the world. This event was a microcosm: Women's E-News brings awareness TO the world, and FROM the world to all of us about women's issues and how important is is for women to be involved on every level on a global basis because the world works better when women are involved. Take Norway: they didn't go belly up. Why? Partly due to WOMEN being involved at higher levels with the economy. Yes to Women's E-News. They are dedicated, reliable, and trustworthy. It's one of the best run non-profits I know of effectively working to empower women across class, race, ethnic, religious and power divides. By sharing their knowledge every day, they are networking and uniting across boundaries for a purpose. I am a supporter, reader and enthusiast! Read Women's-E-News, get involved. Makes you know you can do something great every day.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have served as Legislative Coordinator (lobbyist)of our Arizona NOW and as as Co-Coordinator (Co-president) of our SC/WV NOW chapter. As such, I have subscribed to Women's E-news to learn and share information about the status of women in the U.S. and world-wide and the efforts and activities of Women's E-News and other organizations to assist and support women as they seek opportunities to achieve the education and training that will allow them to acquire means and equity to improve improved quality of life for themselves and their families.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Women’s eNews establishes news support for all aspects of women’s daily lives. Whether readers are interested in health, media, labor, justice, culture and more, Women’s eNews provides a service for women to remain informed. As a coworker at a nonprofit where entrepreneurs, investors, corporate officials, sector experts and service providers meet to build great women-led business together, I can appreciate how Women’s eNews educates and connects women with each other through the media.

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Former staff

Rating: 5

Women's eNews is a reliable and resourceful news service that not only provides relevant news affecting women all over the world, but also takes great pride in calling itself a leading women's rights advocate. Through my internship at Women's eNews, I developed an acute sense of professionalism, improved my communication skills, and understood what it takes to run a non-profit effectively. I admire Ms. Rita Henley Jensen's commitment to fulfilling the non-profit's mission and her continuous dedication to educate and inform the readers.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I love Women's E-News for their attention to detail and for bringing forth interesting stories about women that impact women's lives. I always find the articles useful and very much appreciate the positive news, the indepth reporting, and uncovering untold stories. Women's E-News is great. In my role as a website manager, I link to Women's E-news stories frequently.

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Board Member

Rating: 4

Women's eNews cares - about women, and not just white feminists - but African-Americans, Arab women, Muslim women around the world. They used to print an edition in Arabic until money woes following the stock crash forced that to fold, but they still do what they can. Editor in chief Rita Henley Jensen has worked tirelessly to develop a series of articles on why black women die more often in childbirth than white women - in America, not just in third world countries. She gets it about white feminists being remote from the worries of women of color and works hard to cross the divides of race and class.

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womens-enews 05/26/2010

Just thought I would clarify-- we do still have an Arabic sister site - www.awomensenews.org which is updated regularly. This site, still using the old Women's eNews web design will be updated over the next year so it's as user friendly and accessible as the redesign of the English website. Thank you for your great review!