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Celebrating Gloria Steinem in Beverly Hills

November 5th, 2013

On November 5, 2013 the Ms. Foundation for Women held an event in Los Angeles with a panel discussion on “Power and Economic Justice for Women.” The panel featured Dolores Huerta, Garcelle Beauvais, Dorothy Q. Thomas, Sharon Stone, Marissa Nuncio and was hosted by Gloria Steinem. Over 200 attendees gathered to reflect on the current state of women in the workplace.

Ms. Steinem called attention to the struggles of low-wage workers who work full-time but are paid so little that they need food stamps. Marissa Nuncio, Director of the Garment Worker Center discussed the long workdays and sweatshop conditions endured by garment workers in Los Angeles—the majority of whom are women—who experience rampant wage-theft and are paid as little as $2.70 per hour. Though the realities are dire, Nuncio is hopeful, “What I’m inspired by is that women are at the helm of creative, energetic organizing…They’re pushing forward. They’re working ten-hour days, and they’re coming to organize at the end of that day. I can only be excited and inspired by that.” One of their goals is strategizing solutions to the problem of child care. A Ms. Foundation grant is enabling the Garment Worker Center to train its members and conduct a worker-led survey on the barriers they face to accessing affordable child care and how to overcome them.

Actor Garcelle Beauvais noted the staggering costs of child care, which can be higher than rent or college tuition in most U.S. states. Ms. Steinem added that, aside from benefitting parents in the paid labor force, safe quality child care is essential to children. “Kids need to see other kids, otherwise they get a view of knees all day,” she said with a smile and added that children in social child care situations develop language skills faster than children who are taken care of in a non-social setting. Reflecting the Ms. Foundation’s commitment to supporting women workers and their families, Dorothy Q. Thomas, our Interim President and CEO, called for quality, free universal child care. The U.S. is the only industrialized country in the world without free universal child care.

Watch remarks from all the panelists and view the photos as well. Please help support our campaign for quality child care for all children!

Reproductive Justice for Native Women

October 16th, 2013

The Ms. Foundation for Women was proud to host an advance screening of the film Young Lakota followed by a discussion led by Gloria Steinem at the Ford Foundation in New York City.

Young Lakota follows the lives of three young activists hoping to create a better future for their tribe when they engage in a tumultuous tribal election where reproductive rights are central. The critically acclaimed film forms the centerpiece of an engagement campaign to raise awareness about the interconnected topics of female leadership, reproductive justice, and the social and political struggles faced by women and girls on Native American reservations. The award-winning documentary is scheduled to air on PBS’s "Independent Lens" in November 2013.

Immediately following the film, Gloria Steinem hosted a dialogue between Sunny Clifford, a Native American reproductive rights advocate featured in the film, Charon Asetoyer, CEO of the Native American Community Board and grantee of the Ms. Foundation for Women, as well as Ellen Liu, Ms. Foundation's director of Women's Health.

Ms. Foundation for Women Fearless Leader Award: Honoring Susan Fredman of Designs for Dignity and the Susan Fredman Design Group

Thursday, June 20th, 6:00pm-8:30pm

The Fearless Leader Award
In honor of our 40th anniversary celebration year, the Ms. Foundation for Women will recognized Susan Fredman with our Fearless Leader Award. We were delighted to honor her outstanding community service, as well as her leadership in Chicago, IL and beyond.

A woman with a vision and the steadfast determination to see it through, Susan Fredman has long believed that “spaces of hope, dignity, and comfort are foundations for nurturing the growth and success of every human being, every individual.”

The Ms. Foundation was proud to recognize women who are trailblazers in their communities. We saluted Susan’s deep humanitarian spirit, her professional expertise, business acumen and sheer ability to transform lives and spaces. We were honored to recognize her as a fearless leader.

Presentations by our Programs/Advocacy and Policy team as well as a lovely introduction by Advisory Council member, Maia Benson was warmly welcomed by the crowd. We are grateful to Oscar Totasian for donating his historic home for this heartfelt event and networking reception.

The Gloria Awards 2013

Tuesday, May 13th, 7:00 pm

2013 Gloria Awards Recap

On the evening of May 13, 2013 the Ms. Foundation for Women hosted our annual Gloria Awards: A Salute to Women of Vision gala which also celebrated the Ms. Foundation for Women’s 40th Anniversary, at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City. Ms. Foundation President and CEO, along with Co-Founding mother Gloria Steinem co-hosted this momentous evening.

We are proud to announce that the pre-gala cocktail reception was co-hosted by renowned actress Olympia Dukakis and Ms. Foundation Co-Founder Marlo Thomas. The reception was a fitting kick-off to the celebration where seven phenomenal women were honored.

With performances by Imani Winds and Five Play, the gala was a memorable celebration of the profound works of women across the nation. Special guests included: television host, Tom Murro, Celebrity Chef, Chris Nirschel, actor and dancer Ben Vereen and entertainer Deborah Cox.

Save the date for next years’ event – May 1, 2014

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Images - Thos Robinson, Getty and Ricky Cheung

More to do: The Road to Equality for Women in the United States

Wednesday, March 7, 2013, 1-2pm
Presentation from Programs/Advocacy and Policy 

The Ms. Foundation for Women held a complimentary webinar that discussed our report, “More To Do” that suggests policy recommendations that address the root causes of inequality.

Solutions like increased public funding for child care and early education, improved access to non-traditional jobs and an increased minimum wage would benefit women, who are disproportionately affected by unaffordable child care and lack of opportunities and who remain concentrated in low-wage jobs. The dramatic inequities in access to health care can be addressed through actions like the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, repeal of the Medicaid waiting period for immigrants and removal of legislative barriers to reproductive health care services, including abortion. To eliminate violence against women, the report advocates such policy changes as the establishment of national standards for child sexual abuse prevention for youth-serving organizations, increased resources to female service members who experience military sexual trauma and reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, including protections for immigrant, LGBTQ and Native American women.

We are grateful for all of the participants that joined this informative session.

If you were unable to attend, please feel free to view the report by clicking here: More to do: The Road to Equality for Women in the United States

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