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Economic Empowerment

$100. That is the median net-worth for single African American women. For single Hispanic women, it’s $120. When a woman has limited to no assets, how can she cope with a financial emergency or build for the future? She can’t. But at AWF, we are working to make a change. We’re excited to announce the…
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2018 Women in Healthcare

Women in Healthcare presents the documentary film, ANGST. This film explores teenage anxiety and depression- its causes, effects, and what we can do about it. This event will take place on Thursday, September 27, 2018 from 4:30pm-7:30pm. The program will be at held at AMC Phipps Plaza 14 and the reception will be held at…
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Upcoming Events

This year’s Women in Law will be “A Conversation with Judy Smith“, Crisis Management Expert, lawyer, and the inspiration for the hit TV show Scandal. She will be speaking with KISS 104.1 and B-98.5 morning news anchor Condace Pressley about her professional experiences in crisis management, politics and building a business. The event will take…
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The (Mental) Weight of Poverty

“One of the most consistently replicated findings in the social sciences has been the negative relationship of socioeconomic status with mental illness: the lower the socioeconomic status of an individual, the higher the risk of mental illness” (Hudson 2005, 1). The lives of women in generational poverty are filled with many challenges, often compounding each…
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Asset Building Key to Breaking the Cycle of Poverty

As April is National Financial Literacy Month, we want to talk asset building, as an aspect of financial literacy, and the critical role it plays in helping low-income women become economically self-sufficient. In the five-country metro Atlanta area, there are 320,000 women and girls living in poverty, who lack sufficient resources to avoid living paycheck…
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Activate in April!

April is National Volunteer Month and we are bringing to you opportunities to get involved and volunteer with several of our current grantees. Being involved in your community will not only connect you closer to your neighborhood, but can also help you transform your own life through uplifting others. Volunteering can help you develop new…
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In His Own Words

By: Mark Wasserman, Managing Partner, Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP; Co-Chief Executive Officer, Eversheds Sutherland Limited To close out this year’s Women’s History Month, AWF Board Member Mark Wasserman shares why he is proud to serve on The Atlanta Women’s Foundation Board of Directors and to be a champion for women and girls in our community.…
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Inspire Atlanta: Transforming Women’s Lives through Leadership & Philanthropy

By: Ashley Gravlee, Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility, Novelis Inc. The Atlanta Women’s Foundation is launching a new initiative called Inspire Atlanta, a leadership program for professional women looking to ignite their passion to create positive change for women in Atlanta. The goal of the program is to provide women with an opportunity to develop personally,…
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Paula Goodman

Paula Goodman: a passionate advocate for women and girls

June is a bittersweet time for AWF because we usually have to say good-bye to Board Members who have completed their terms of service. This year is particularly difficult because our incredible Board Chair Paula Goodman steps down. Involved with the Foundation for over 10 years, Paula is one of our most passionate advocates! Her…
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Join The Atlanta Women's Foundation for a Day of Service

Join AWF for a Day of Service

AWF corporate partner Novelis is hosting a home build for a single mother and her two daughters through AWF grantee partner Atlanta Habitat for Humanity. AWF staff will be participating on Friday, July 7, 2017 and we invite any of our donors, supporters and volunteers to join us. (Additional dates are also available.) We’re excited to…
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Mother and Son

A Mother’s Prayer: Treat My Son as an Individual

By: Lauretta Farmer May is Mental Health Awareness Month. The primary efforts of Mental Health Awareness Month are to reduce the negative stigma surrounding mental illness and to advocate for equal healthcare options for all people with mental health conditions. Mental health is an important focus area of our work at The Atlanta Women’s Foundation…
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National Volunteer Month

Give Your Community A Hand

Being involved in your community will not only connect you closer to your neighborhood, but can also help you transform your own life through uplifting others. Volunteering can help you develop new skills and knowledge from working on different projects, and gives you the opportunity to expose yourself to different experiences. Lifetime friendships may also…
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Equality vs. Equity

As Women’s History Month comes to a close, we wanted to explore the concept of equality versus equity and how it applies to the work of The Atlanta Women’s Foundation. So what is the difference between these two concepts? Equality is when resources are distributed evenly; everyone receives an equal share. While equality is definitely…
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Women's History Month

Celebrating Women’s History Month in Atlanta

For Women’s History Month, we’ve pulled together a listing of events happening throughout the metro Atlanta area during the month of March.  The events range from film screenings to lectures to conferences.   March 2 Black Women Film Summit Weekend From Thursday, March 2 through Sunday, March 5, the Black Women Film Network will be…
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Promoting Women’s Mental Health & Wellbeing Project Exceeds Expectations in Year One

Since 2015, The Atlanta Women’s Foundation has invested $500,000 in the Promoting Women’s Mental Health & Wellbeing Project with the support of the Kaiser Permanente Foundation of Georgia. The goal of the project is to increase mental and behavioral health services provided to women living at or below 200% of federal poverty guidelines (For a…
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20 years of celebrating women and girls

20 Years of Celebrating Women & Girls

As plans are finalized for the 20th The Atlanta Women’s Foundation Numbers Too Big to Ignore Luncheon featuring Gloria Steinem and Jane Fonda, who also spoke for the inaugural luncheon, it is fun to recall planning the first luncheon. The impact from revenues generated during 20 years of luncheon success could not have been predicted…
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Thank you in many languages

There Aren’t Enough Languages to Say "Thank You"

As June comes to a close, so does The Atlanta Women’s Foundation’s fiscal year, which means, unfortunately, we also say good-bye to Board members who are terming off.  This year is particularly bittersweet as the five women who will be leaving our Board have been true champions for AWF in our fight to remove the…
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Breaking Cycles of Generational Poverty: Positioning Teen Moms for Success

In recognition of May being Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month, we invited current AWF grant recipient Families First to discuss the importance of preventing teenage pregnancy and how it affects the lives of young women and their families.  Families First received funding for their TeenAge Pregnancy and Parenting Program (TAPP) as part of our 2015 Spring…
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Pledge for Parity

#PledgeForParity – International Women’s Day 2016

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.  We have much to celebrate today, but progress towards gender parity has slowed in many places. The parity issues faced around the world can be seen…
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Increasing Access To Child Care Helps Georgia’s Women and The State’s Economy

At The Atlanta Women’s Foundation, we know that advocacy is one of the most effective ways to combat the sort of interrelated root causes of social problems and systemic factors that are detailed in our Breaking the Cycle of Generational Poverty in Metro Atlanta research findings.  Recently, AWF formed a Public Policy & Community Education…
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