Happy 40th birthday
to the Ms. Foundation for Women!
On Monday, May 13, we celebrated our 40th anniversary at the 2013 Gloria Awards: A Salute to Women of Vision gala. The annual event honors the remarkable achievements of women who are advancing justice and equality in communities across the country. (Check out some photos of our celebrity guests and honorees!)
Founded in 1973, the Ms. Foundation for Women was the first foundation to direct funds to grassroots women leaders and their organizations tackling the most pressing threats to women's health, safety and economic security.
Our work today championing issues core to women’s well-being is nothing new. Here are some highlights of our groundbreaking work throughout the years:
- Ms. is the only national women’s organization with an economic justice program. We invested early on in the informal caregiving labor force—nannies, housekeepers, and elderly caregivers working in people’s homes—serving as a key supporter of the successful New York campaign to create the first state Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights in the country in 2010—landmark legislation that is now taking root in states nationwide.
- Ms. was the first national foundation to focus on ending child sexual abuse. We funded the first programs specifically naming child sexual abuse as distinct from child abuse and critical to ending gender-based violence. Today, we are the leading foundation investing in innovative strategies to prevent child sexual abuse nationwide.
- Ms. was one of the first supporters of rape crisis centers, domestic violence hotlines and anti-violence movements.
- Ms. formalized the first philanthropic fund to support programs led by HIV-positive women to address the distinct impact of the epidemic on their own and other women’s lives.
- Ms. established Take Our Daughters to Work Day, which has exposed millions of girls to career possibilities and transformed the way women are viewed in the workplace.