2021 Sue Wieland Embracing Possibility Award Honorees

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This summer, we lost beloved former AWF Board Member, Sue Wieland. She served on the board from 2000 to 2006, and remained an active supporter and donor to AWF long after her board serviced ended. Sue was known for her generous spirit and big smile and believed passionately in giving back to the community. She…

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Poem by 2021 Atlanta Youth Poet Laureate

This year, we invited the 2021 Atlanta Youth Poet Laureate, Aanika Eragam, to read one of her poems at the 2021 Numbers Too Big To Ignore Luncheon. We were honored that she wrote a new poem specifically for the event. Aanika’s poem is a moving tribute to women and girls. The Women Beside Us By…

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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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Meet AWF’s New Board Members

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This month we welcomed five new members to the AWF Board of Directors. The new class of board members are leaders in their field and the community, representing a range of industries from across Atlanta. The new members of the Board of Directors are: Juliet Asher, M.D., P.C. Dr. Asher is board certified in internal…

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Economically Empowering Refugee and Immigrant Women

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Guest contributor Marjan Nadir, Women’s Economic Empowerment Manager at Refugee Women’s Network (RWN), shares the story of Sahar, an Egyptian asylee who came to RWN at the beginning of the pandemic for assistance and how RWN’s program helped her to become a flourishing business owner. RWN is part of AWF’s Women’s Pathway to Success grantee…

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Leading by Example

This year we have three amazing Board Members whose service is coming to an end after six years and we want to highlight the wonderful work they accomplished on behalf of AWF. The three Board Members are Kristin Adams, Cari Dawson, and Jennifer Hightower. Kristin Adams When Kristin Adams joined the AWF Board, she had…

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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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Celebrating Eight AWF Volunteers

Since April is National Volunteer Month, we want to introduce you to eight of our wonderful volunteers and volunteer leaders, spotlighting their amazing support and thanking them for all they do for AWF and the women and girls in our community. Deborah Goodman AWF Board Alumna Deborah Goodman recently retired from First American Title Insurance.…

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A New Way to Support Mothers

A new addition to AWF’s Women’s Pathway to Success grantee cohort is Girls Inc. of Greater Atlanta and we’re incredibly excited about their two generational program that is helping girls to continue their education while allowing their mothers to continue to work during the pandemic, even with school closings. Guest contributor Shanita Miller, Director of…

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