Being that it’s Women’s History Month, everyone is hyper-focused on everything that has to do with women. On the one hand, this is great. Women need as much amplification as they can get, especially if it’s going to earn them the respect they deserve. On the other hand, it is harmful because positive talk about women is not always maintained for the remainder of the months. This is why it’s important to stay connected with organizations and anyone who makes sure to keep women top of mind year-long.
It is through true advocacy that women, especially women of color, have been able to overcome many challenges. Let’s face it, though women are capable of anything, there are many systemic roadblocks in their way. And sometimes it’s hard to fend off these blocks. From not typically being allowed a seat at the table with people equipped with the same skills, especially if it’s a Latina or a Black woman, to losing out thousands of dollars during their lifetime in the workforce, there’s a lot women must endure.
If you’ve been able to overcome the many challenges mentioned above, make sure to pay it forward. You can always donate to women-led organizations or advocate for women in your space. This allows these organizations’ mission to stay alive, which, after all, is important for the well-being of our hermanas.
Check out some of our favorite women-led organizations whose mission is to uplift women all year round. Find them below!
Dress For Success
Dress for Success is a global not-for-profit organization for all the jefas out there! They empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire, and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. It can be difficult going into your dream job interview without the right outfit, especially if you’re economically disadvantaged. So, they’ve got you covered.
Founded in 1997, Dress for Success currently services 143 cities in 23 countries. According to their website, they’ve helped more than one million women work toward their self-sufficiency.
National Latina Business Women Association (NLBWA)
Founded by a group of Latina entrepreneurs and corporate professionals in 2003, the National Latina Business Women Association (NLBWA), empowers women through their programs and services. The NLBWA, for instance, gives women access to mentors and educational programs that allow their members to scale their businesses and careers. This organization’s mission is to support the successes of Latina business owners and professionals through proper representation and more.
Their largest chapter is in Los Angeles.
Founded in 2018, Spark United is comprised of Sisters working together to Promote Awareness through Resources and Knowledge.
They believe that every girl and woman deserves love and respect—especially from herself. Due to this, they understand how important celebrating women’s sexual self is because that’s the core of women’s self-love and care. Spark United walks alongside girls and women in their journeys to self-empowerment by providing them with the resources to be their own best advocates.
Girls Who Code
Girls Who Code is an organization that values diversity, equity, and inclusion as essential to our mission. They hope to close the gender gap in new entry-level tech jobs by 2030. Their mission is rooted in wanting to change what the typical programmer looks like and what they do. They do this by acknowledging historical and institutional barriers – particularly racial bias and discrimination –, which have played a role in widening the gender gap in computer science and access to the tech field. For example, Girls Who Code works with young women who have been historically excluded such as African American/Black, Hispanic or Latina, Bi/Multiracial, Native American/Alaskan, and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander.
They have clubs across the United States that help guide disadvantaged women to the tech field.
Step Up is a non-profit organization that helps empower young women in underserved neighborhoods to join the next generation of professional women. They help guide their participants by giving them access to tools and resources that may take them to the next step. Their key focus is to build a roadmap for girls to reach their goals. Step Up provides after-school and mentorship programs across the United States.