April 20, 2020
Ms. Foundation for Women Announces “Roar for Women: A Feminist Block Party”
MS. FOUNDATION FOR WOMEN ANNOUNCES “ROAR FOR WOMEN: A FEMINIST BLOCK PARTY”
Online celebration hosted by the oldest women’s foundation to raise funds and awareness for nonprofits and community organizations run by women of color in the nation’s most impacted communities during coronavirus pandemic
NEW YORK, APRIL 16, 2020 – Today, the Ms. Foundation for Women announced it will host Roar for Women: A Feminist Block Party on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at 7:00PM ET. The unticketed digital celebration and dance party will celebrate the impact of nonprofit and grassroots organizations across the country that are led by women of color in the nation’s most impacted communities.
The 60-minute livestream, the first event of its kind dedicated entirely to celebrating women during the COVID-19 pandemic, will serve as an opportunity to connect with the feminist community and hear from Gloria Steinem, Ms. Foundation leadership, and various influencers and visionaries from around the country, as well as special performances and a multi-hour DJ-hosted dance party to follow.
“We are thrilled to host Roar for Women: A Feminist Block Party – the first online event of its kind to celebrate women during this critical moment,” said Teresa C. Younger, President and CEO of the Ms. Foundation for Women. “Even though we may be physically apart as we practice social distancing, we’re excited to bring feminists together in spirit to hear from incredible leaders and influencers, including those on the frontlines of grassroots efforts to support all women. Now more than ever it’s important for us to inspire one another to continue the fight for gender equity, because we are all in this together.”
Each year the Ms. Foundation honors grassroots leaders, influencers and philanthropists who have made an indelible impact on the gender justice movement at the local, state, and national levels who will also participate in the online event. This year those honorees will be recognized at the digital event.
Earlier this month, the Ms. Foundation announced its 2020 honorees who are leaders in activism and community organizing, including grantee-partners Pabitra Khati Benjamin, Executive Director of Adhikaar, and Jessica González-Rojas, Former Executive Director at the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, as well as Mónica Ramírez, President of Justice for Migrant Women and the Gender Justice Campaigns Director for National Domestic Workers Alliance, and indigenous feminist and climate activist Tokata Iron Eyes.
The Ms. Foundation is calling on all feminists to join the Feminist Block Party via livestream at live.forwomen.org and the dance party on Instagram Live at @MsFoundation in order to #RoarForWomen who are on the frontlines of change across the United States.
Since 1973, the Ms. Foundation has invested over $65 million to build grassroots movements fighting for gender equity for women, particularly women of color around the country. They are committed to investing in and strengthening the capacity of women-of-color-led movements and their strategic plan intentionally and inclusively centers women and girls of color in a bold and unapologetic approach to building power and advancing democracy.
For 45 years, the Ms. Foundation for Women has worked to build women’s collective power in the U.S. to advance equity and justice for all. The Ms. Foundation invests in, and strengthens the capacity of women led movements to advance meaningful social, cultural, and economic change in the lives of women. With equity and inclusion as the cornerstones of true democracy, the Ms. Foundation works to create a world in which the worth and dignity of every person are valued, and power and possibility are not limited by gender, race, class, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or age.