A Look at Substance Abuse in Women and the Resources to Support Them

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Thank you to guest contributor Michelle Giordano, M.S. Community Counseling, with the organization Live Another Day, for educating us on the barriers women face when it comes to mental health and substance abuse, national and local resources for help, and the change that need to be made to mental healthcare to better help women. It…

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We Need to Talk About Child Care

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When you consider the factors essential to a thriving, modern economy, does child care come to mind? If not, it should. Child care is not just an issue about children and families, but an economic issue that impacts us all. In 2015, AWF partnered with Georgia Budget and Policy Institute to develop a report that…

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Normalizing seeking support for mental health takes collective action

As we are all aware, the pandemic has impacted all aspects of our lives, including on our mental health. That’s why this year it is more important than ever to recognize Mental Health Awareness Month in May. Guest contributor Asia Hadley, Director of Partnerships for Candid, writes about the mental health crisis the U.S. is…

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Georgia Women Bear the Brunt of COVID-19 Pandemic

In recognition of Poverty Awareness Month, this month’s guest contributor is Taifa Smith Butler, president and CEO of the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute (GBPI), a grantee of AWF’s Women’s Pathway to Success Program. Last year, GBPI produced AWF’s Women Powered Prosperity in Metro Atlanta report that outlined the economic status of women. The report…

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Numbers Too Big To Ignore

The Atlanta Women’s Foundation is the only public foundation in the state of Georgia dedicated wholly to women and girls. AWF supports organizations that lift women and girls out of poverty by providing them with opportunities for advancement. In these troubled times we are living in, women throughout Atlanta and Georgia need our help more…

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Commemorating the 19th Amendment

The ratification of the 19th Amendment on August 18, 1920, represented the culmination of over 70 years of the women’s suffrage movement in the United States. While this was a victory for women’s rights, at the time it was largely a victory for white, middle and upper class women.  Prior to the Civil War, famous…

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How the CARES Act Impacts Women

Thank you to Kim Hartsock, CPA and Megan Randolph, CPA from Warren Averett for helping to breakdown and explain the recently passed federal relief package known as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). While men are more likely to be physically and medically affected by COVID-19, much conversation has been had…

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Breaking Barriers

As we close out January and Poverty Awareness Month, AWF’s Executive Vice President of Mission DiShonda Hughes writes about the challenges facing low-income women and girls in our community and how AWF is helping to break the barriers.  “Philanthropy is commendable, but it must not cause the philanthropist to overlook the circumstances of economic injustice which make philanthropy necessary.” ― Martin…

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Changing Lives Changing Generations

With May being Mental Health Awareness Month and Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month, we wanted to highlight one of our Promoting Women and Girls’ Mental Health & Wellbeing Project grantees, House of Dawn. House of Dawn provides a stable home for pregnant and parenting teen moms and their children under adult supervision. AWF funding supports House…

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Budgeting for Life

This past summer, AWF launched our latest grant program – Breaking Barriers, Building Women: Economic Empowerment Program, which focuses on higher education and asset building for low-income women in Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton, and Gwinnett counties. One of the current organizations that is a part of the grantee cohort is Buckhead Christian Ministry (BCM). This…

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