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

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

53 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Melanie M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Women's eNews provides great analysis and reporting of women's issues

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been reading Women's e-news daily for many years. I absolutely depend on it for stories and information bout what is happening with women around the world that I wouldn't get any other way.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Women's eNews provides information that is not readily available to the general public about human and women's rights issues everywhere. Furthermore, the news is reader accessible in terms of the level of English used (not academic) , so I can be sure others will understand it when I use excerpts in teaching.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Women's eNews is an invaluable resource for me both as an individual and as an academic.

I routinely teach undergraduate and graduate level courses that focus on women's lives and rights (and wrongs). To do so effectively, I rely on Women's eNews for up-to-the-minute journalism on the status of women and girls worldwide.

Women's eNews is a significant resource, readily accessible for students. It is a wonderful teaching tool.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a single mother raising my two sons in poverty in Iowa City, Iowa, USA. I must qualify this by saying we live in poverty "American style". We have a roof over our heads and enough food to eat. I was raised in privilege, so especially appreciate the invaluable education that living in poverty provides. I could not have learned the lessons I have and am, nor would my consciousness have been raised, I believe, -without this experience.

My older son is now a college sophomore, financially independent, and while excelling in academia as he pursues a double major, works part time. My younger son will enter junior high this year. He also excels in school, participates in competitive fencing, and plays the saxophone.

I have very little support emotionally or financially, and isolation has been one of my greatest challenges as a single parent. Although I lived abroad for nearly eight years and earned a better-than-average living before my children were born, my resume does not qualify me for more than minimum wage, presently. Lacking private transportation in a community and a state that have very little public transportation, my family has faced unique limitations as a result. Nonetheless, my skills as a mother have allowed my children to thrive and develop their potential remarkably well. I would describe my efforts these past twenty years as an act of maternal feminism.

I breast-fed both my sons for six months exclusively, then each exercised that option until the age of three. As a single mother, I experienced welfare "reform" in the U.S., a mandate that forced mothers back to work within six weeks of giving birth. Fortunately, my older son was already two, when this happened. With my second son, I found work at a daycare that let me take him to work with me and nurse him on demand throughout the day. The welfare reform case manager admonished me, saying, "there's a need for pumping!" -as he urged me to find employment. Caring for our own children isn't considered, "work". But if we take a service industry job that offers far less than a living wage and no health insurance benefits, the STATE will PAY a third-party to care for our children, at rates far above the pittance the mother herself receives during the six weeks she's allowed to be with the child exclusively. The case manager "explained" that putting mothers back into the work force was, "good for the tax base". But the truth is, many of the jobs they fill pay so little that they're exempt from paying income tax. It's not breast feeding that victimizes women, it's a culture that refuses to acknowledge the WORK THAT PARENTING IS, and fails to support mothers in their respective roles as parent and employee.


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Women’s eNews is my main source of substantive news covering issues of particular concern to women and providing women’s perspectives on public policy. I can't find this news any other place. Women's eNews enhances my abilility to think and act globally as well as spur ideas locally. It is the most forwarded piece of email I receive each day and I really appreciate it as do all of my women friends when i send them a link or information I think they might find of interest to them.
Thank you!

Review from Guidestar

John L.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I just read Jurate Kazickas article about Eve Ensler's "City of Joy" in the Congo. That story came to life right on my screen, no video needed, just Eve's energy and the writer's heart. No mainstream media reported on this story or if they did, no way could they portray the story as this writer for Womens Enews did. So if you have empathy for Congolese women raped because they're bystanders in a resource war -- by the way, a resource war that allows us from the West to indulge in our personal electronics -- than you really only have one choice: Womens Enews for comprehensive and unbiased coverage. It makes me numb to think the mainstream media may decide to bury the story because their sold-out to SONY advertising dollars. Womens Enews, on the other hand, inspires me!

Review from Guidestar

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.

Review from Guidestar

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.

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.

Review from Guidestar

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.

Review from Guidestar

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.

Review from Guidestar

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 -

Review from Guidestar

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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.

10

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".