9 Incredible Charities That Are Making It Easier To Be A Woman

If you’re looking for an important, woman-focused charity to support in the form of either donations or volunteer-work, here are nine that are making a major impact both domestically and globally in the most necessary of areas — women’s health, women’s rights advocacy, and women’s education.

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1. Girls on the Run

If you want to support fitness and empowerment…

This fantastic charity teaches young girls grades 3-8 to get active — with lesson plans. The Girls on the Run coaches — aka badass women — take teams of eight girls on missions toward personal growth and physical fitness. They run, take part in confidence-building games, and have important conversations. Their mission states, “We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.” At the end of the program, the teams go on a 5K run. What better way to empower girls to become confident women later in life?

2. Global Fund for Women

If you want to support global human rights for women…

This global network fights for the human rights of women and girls. They fund and promote the work of women who are busy building social movements the world over. These are women who push the envelope to get people to speak up and fight for radical change in behavior and attitudes toward women. According to their mission, “By shining a spotlight on critical issues, we rally communities of advocates who take action and invest money to empower women.”

3. For Women

If you want to support equality and inclusion…

This incredible charity works to “bring attention to the real challenges facing women, especially women of color and low-income women who are living in poverty, working paycheck to paycheck or both.” Brought to us by Ms. Foundation, its mission states, “We believe that equity and inclusion are the cornerstones of a true democracy in which the worth and dignity of every person are valued.” To support their mission, they offer grants to countless individuals and organizations that benefit women of all classes and backgrounds. The grant money works toward everything from achieving economic justice, ending gender-based violence and preventing child sexual abuse to protecting women’s access to health care and reproductive rights.

4. The National Women’s Health Network (NWHN)

If you want to support women’s health resources…

The NWHN aims to improve women’s health by pushing for real policy change and education around consumer decision-making. They also want to, “safeguard our independence as a trusted voice on women health, the NWHN chooses not to accept financial support from the pharmaceutical industry, medical device manufacturers, or insurance companies.” That’s a bold mission — and a necessary one, especially since many women don’t receive the resources they need to make informed decisions about their own health or the health of their family members.

5. Women For Women International 

If you want to support women in conflict-ridden countries…

Women For Women International is affecting real change in communities throughout the globe — especially in communities that are in danger due to war and social conflict. The charity is designed to help women who traditionally do not have a chance at success learn the skills they need for work or even to rebuild their own community. The organization has served more than 447,000 women in 8 conflict-affected countries, having distributed nearly $120 million.

6. The Malala Fund

If you want to support the education of women, girls and youth the world over…

The Malala Fund, cofounded by Malala herself, seeks to ensure women all over the world receive quality education. In their own words, “We work with partners all over the world helping to empower girls and amplify their voices; we invest in local education leaders and programmes; and we advocate for more resources for education and safe schools for every child.”

7.  Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN)

If you want to support victims of sexual assault…

RAINN is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. It operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE, online.rainn.org and rainn.org/es) and works with nearly 1000 sexual assault service providers across the country. More than that, they offer numerous programs aimed at preventing sexual violence, helping victims, and ensuring that perpetrators are brought to justice.

8. Dress for Success

If you want to support women’s career empowerment…

Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization that works to secure economic independence for women by offering them attire, a support network, and development tools. Their vision: “Our vision is a world where women do not live in poverty; are treated with dignity and respect; and are strengthening their families and shaping their communities.”

9. EMILY’s List

If you want to support female Democratic candidates….

EMILY’s List’s mission is simple: “We elect pro-choice Democratic women to office,” but their reach is wider than even that: They “put women into office who can make significant contributions to education, health care, voting rights, and economic equality, we have systematically defined a strategic approach to winning elections that drive progressive change.” They also work toward diverse leadership by providing financial resources for minority women who seek federal office.

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