All over the world, women are fighting for change – for themselves, their families and their communities.
Some run for office. And some work at a grassroots level to make incremental, substantive change for the people in their communities.
Many of these local women are part of Women United, a global group of women who work with United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut to connect with other change-makers and extend their impact. Here are a few examples.
1. Empowering women’s economic stability
Locally, our Women United raises awareness and finds to help ensure women and families in our community are more financially secure. Nearly $1.5 million has been raised through the organization's signature fundraising event – Power of the Purse Luncheon and Silent Auction – since 2012. Funds ensure that United Way-supported programs work to identify financial goals, develop realistic budgets, reduce debt, build savings, increase income and receive career coaching.
2. Giving to good causes
Women hold the power of the purse, especially when it comes to giving. As a woman’s income rises, she is more likely to give to causes she cares about than a male counterpart. And women are often greater champions for their charitable causes. By advocating for charitable giving by her family, women ensure that billions of dollars return to their local communities or spread across the globe to make the world a better place.
3. Uniting as a network of donors and volunteers
Women United, a growing, global group of 75,000+ women, is dedicated to creating more opportunities for everyone. By networking, sharing ideas, pooling their resources and focusing their time on key causes, members have raised more than $2 billion since 2002. Learn more at the Women United Summit in March.