Looking for ways to get involved in the fight for gender and racial equity? Are you looking for educational resources to learn more about gender, race and the intersections of each? We’ve got you covered. It is crucial to stay updated and learn about the root causes of systemic racial and gender inequity in efforts of moving the needle forward to ensure all women and girls thrive. To begin, we’ve created a glossary of important terms and concepts that are related to advancing gender and racial equity. We’ve also compiled links to various resources below to help you get started.
Closing the Gender Wealth Gap
Strengthening the Early Childhood Education Sector
On October 14th 2020, WOMEN’S WAY launched a new series of virtual education events by hosting the Closing the Gender Wealth Gap Forum: Saving the Early Childhood Education Sector. Featuring panelists Carol Austin, Shannon Rudisill, and Sophia Ezomoghene, these leaders came together for a timely discussion addressing the urgent needs of the early childhood education sector and the drivers of the gender wealth gap. Want to take action? View a full list of resources here!
Investing in Women Owned Businesses
On January 6, 2021, WOMEN’S WAY held the “Closing the Gender Wealth Gap Forum: Investing In Women Owned Businesses.” Moderated by Geri Aglipay, Director of the Small Business Majority, panelists Kersy Azocar, Tanya T. Morris, Essma Bengabsia, and Kimberly McGlonn Ph.D came together to address the urgent needs of women owned businesses and key issues that drive the gender wealth gap.
Black Women and Healthcare
On February 17th WOMEN’S WAY held the Closing the Gender Wealth Gap Forum: Black Women and Healthcare. The panel discussion was moderated by Dr. Sarita Sonalkar, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Pennsylvania and featured industry leaders addressing racial and gender disparities in healthcare from policy, practitioner, provider and lived experience perspectives. View resources here.
Reproductive Rights and Justice Resources
Abortion is Essential Healthcare, a new publication by the Center for Reproductive Rights and Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health, explains why abortion access is imperative during the COVID-19 pandemic.
ABORTION LAW DATABASE: An online tool by the Abortion Law Project, the Center and other organizations with data about each U.S. state’s abortion restrictions.
Contraceptive Pearl: Contraception During COVID-19: E-Visit Contraceptive Template
Reproductive Justice Program: Indigenous Women’s Reproductive Justice and Pro-Choice
THE WORLD’S ABORTION LAWS MAP: An interactive tool showing the legal status of abortion in countries across the globe.
WHAT IF ROE FELL? An interactive tool showing how abortion rights could be affected in each U.S. state if Roe v. Wade were weakened or overturned.
Safety (Gender Based Violence)
Domestic Violence & Education: This section contains information on the symptoms and impact of Domestic Violence.
College Women Among Highest at Risk for Partner Violence: Domestic violence widespread on college campuses
Barriers to Leaving: Law professor and DV survivor says there are at least 50 reasons a survivor may not be able to leave an abuser
Violence Against Women in the United States: Facts and Statistics
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN PHILADELPHIA: Domestic violence is a delimitating public health epidemic in Philadelphia.
The Language We Use : Words are powerful, so the language we use throughout this site was chosen with intention.
Women In Leadership
What’s The Next Trend In Leadership? Black Women: What’s The Next Trend In Leadership? Black Women
Committed to Breaking Glass for Decades: A List of Books, Resources, Reports and more by the Center for Creative Leadership
Shattering the Glass Ceiling: The Growth of Women in Leadership Positions
Women In Leadership: How To Move The Needle
Women in tech statistics: The hard truths of an uphill battle
State Fact Sheets: Economic Security for Women and Families. The following fact sheets provide an in-depth look at the status of women and their families in a given state
NATIONAL SNAPSHOT: Poverty among Women and their families.
Poverty and Opportunity in Women: A Breakdown of Poverty, Education, Access to Healthcare, and Entrepreneurship.
Advancing Racial Equity Resources: This list is full of articles, book and articles all compiled about anti- racism.
Racial Equity Glossary of Terms: To start speaking out against systemic racism and oppression, it is essential to learn the definition of related terms and concepts.
A guide to starting anti-racist conversations with friends and family: To all non-Black people of color — it’s time to start speaking up against the anti-Blackness in our communities.
White Allyship 101: Resources to Get to Work: The following documents may be used as tools to educate yourself, your peers, employees, committees, etc.
A Detailed List of Anti-Racism Resources: Book, movie recommendations, and more.
Ready to Take Action?
We all have a part to play in ensuring women and girls are treated equally and have equal access to opportunities, regardless of race or gender. Below you will find ways you can take action to fight against gender and racial inequity to create an equitable world that allows all women and girls to thrive.
Identify and prevent unconscious bias
In order to advance gender and racial equity, we first have to look inward. We all have unconscious biases that affect our language, actions and decisions without knowing. Pay particular attention to bias related to age, disability, gender, marriage, pregnancy, race, religion, gender and sexual orientation that could possibly be forms of discrimination. Learn more about unconscious bias here.
Understand your own privilege.
One of the major steps to advancing gender and racial inequity is to understand your own privilege. Race, gender, religion, sexuality, ability-status, socio-economic status, language, citizen status and the intersections of each all can affect your privilege. Using your privilege to take action against gender and racial inequity first requires introspection, education and acknowledgement of these implications. Learn more about the different forms of privilege here.
Pay (and Demand) Equal Pay for Equal Work
The gender and racial wage gap highlight the difference in earnings between women and men. Women consistently earn less than men, and the gap is wider for women of color. It is important to support companies that pay the same salary, benefits and bonuses to employees with equivalent positions and call out organizations that do not.
Reach out to your Elected Officials
There are multiple ways to reach out to your elected officials to advocate for change and to express your concerns. Whatever your political affiliations, contact with elected representatives — local, state and federal —is a great way to take action against laws and policies that violate gender and racial equity. Learn how to reach out to elected officials here.
Be Intentional About Your Spending
Women of color are the fastest growing group of entrepreneurs in the country but receive far less in capital funding than their white counterparts. By redirecting economic resources, buyers and brands have the potential to address this wealth gap and better distribute dollars to create change. Learn about the power in your spending here.
Use Your Voice and Platforms
There is power in your voice and platforms. If you see any form of discrimination, bias, stereotyping, racism or any other oppressive actions or language, speak out against it. Whether it’s in the workplace, at school, the grocery store or online, using your voice to speak up has power. Social media is growing as a platform to speak out against injustices taking place worldwide as well. Utilize your social networking profiles to promote, share, post and acknowledge to advocate for gender and racial equity. Learn how to use your digital platform for activism here.
These resources are not exhaustive and will be updated regularly.