Believe it or not,
women's history was essentially a foreign concept as recently as the 1970s — in fact, it was barely even taught in the K-12 curriculum. And though the U.S. has come a long way since then, March (and every month) is also about recognizing where gender gaps still exist and how to bridge them. This Women's History Month, consider donating to organizations that strive to work toward equality.
One of the most glaring gender gaps is the fact that
women earn 79 cents for every $1 that a man makes — and that's not taking into account factors like race or education, which skew the numbers even more. Aside from this statistic, there are more than 130 million girls out of school around the world, more than 231,000 women and girls incarcerated within the United States, and 225 million women who lack access to contraception globally. Whether you're interested in supporting survivors of abuse, helping girls pay for an education, or fighting against restrictive reproductive legislation, you have lots of options. And what better way to celebrate the month than to support the advancement of equality?
Here are 15 pro-women organizations you can donate to this Women's History Month. Just remember that there are plenty of great organizations outside of this list
that you can support as well.
National Women's Law Center
Global Fund for Women is a non-profit that provides funding for women's rights initiatives including economic justice, freedom from violence, and sexual rights and health. The organization was founded in 1987 and has since then been fighting for gender equality all around the world. To help provide resources for its sponsored women, you can donate to the fund either once or monthly.
Planned Parenthood is well known, the organization can still use all the help it can get in its fight to protect women's reproductive rights and provide affordable sexual health care. From STD and STI screenings and abortion services to breast cancer screening referrals, Planned Parenthood provides many significant services to those in need. Donations you make will be split amongst your local Planned Parenthood affiliate and the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
Women For Women International
Women for Women International is a humanitarian group that provides moral support to women victims of war. They do work in eight countries including Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and South Sudan. The organization aids women in these areas of conflict by "providing skills, knowledge, and resources that create sustainable change for women, their families, and their communities." You can donate to Women for Women International in cash or even stocks and securities through its official site.
Trans Women Of Color Collective
Breast Cancer Research Foundation
National Women's History Alliance
National Women's History Alliance is a non-profit dedicated to preserving and telling women's history. The organization does this through pushing educational initiatives and lesson plans that are more inclusive and representative of women's stories and issues. You can donate to help bring women's history experts to schools as educators or presenters. The Malala Fund is an international non-profit organization created by Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani activist for women's education and the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. The organization, like Yousafzai herself, works to provide education for the 130 million girls who are out of school due to financial issues or social barriers. You can donate to the organization or even use its resources to set up a fundraiser of your own.
Women's Prison Association
Women's Prison Association works to keep women out of prison, support women who are incarcerated, and help women who were previously incarcerated set up for life afterwards. This could mean finding affordable housing, preparing them for job interviews, or locating any mental health services they might need, amongst other things. You can donate to the organization's cause by clicking on Donate at the top right corner of its site.
American Association Of University Women
American Association Of University Women empowers women through training, economic security, and leadership. It hopes to "advance gender equity for women and girls through research, education, and advocacy." You can donate here. Dress for Success aims to "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." Your donation will not only go toward purchasing work clothes for women, but also to funding initiatives that help them succeed, including leadership programs that teach them how to make their mark within an industry. She Should Run recognizes the gender gap within politics and aims to get more women involved in running for political office. It offers online classes and leadership programs that equip women with the knowledge and tools needed to make a name for themselves within politics. You can donate to She Should Run's efforts directly on their site today.
The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, also known as
UN Women has been working to empower women since 2011. The organization tackles many issues including economic gender disparity, violence against women, and HIV/AIDS. You can donate to UN Women and help support their many programs and long-term projects.