7 Easy Ways To Donate $20 And Actually Do Something Amazing For Women
So, here’s a crazy idea: Maybe instead of ordering takeout for the third time this week, you could just not, and pay it forward by spending $20 on helping women influence public policy, or get an education, or make independent reproductive choices? Just a thought — it’s up to you, really. If the idea of doing something charitable and helping uplift thousands of women in the process has ever interested you, look no further than this compiled list of amazing women’s organizations you can donate to. Sure, International Women’s Day was two months ago, but how could it ever be the wrong time to offer a helping hand to your fellow female?
Or hey, even if donating to a women’s charity is something that’s never occurred to you, have you ever been told that modern feminism is becoming increasingly irrelevant and, naturally, gotten really annoyed? Then consider donating a way to give whiny “meninists” the middle finger.
In the United States and around the world, women still face minimal political representation, labor exploitation and wage inequality, obstacles to reproductive choice, and also disproportionately struggle against climate change, so, I’m sorry Internet trolls, but women everywhere need feminism now as much as they always have. Here are just a few ways to help a girl out.
1. American Association of University Women (AAUW)
The AAUW is a nonpartisan and nonprofit organization that supports gender equality through “advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.” Founded in 1881, today, the organization provides local women pursuing higher education with scholarships, all while advocating for and leading research projects regarding today’s most intense women’s issues, from the gender wage gap to campus sexual assault.
2. Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN)
Many are increasingly understanding global warming as a human rights issue as, in some parts of the world, it’s starting to limit access to crucial resources like water and farmland. But did you know that in many ways, climate change is actually a women’s rights issue? In Africa, women are disproportionately shouldering the burden of climate change, forming the majority of agricultural workers and water-gatherers.
WECAN’s goal is to “unite women worldwide as powerful stakeholders in sustainability solutions, policy advocacy, and worldwide movement building for social and ecologic justice,” engaging “women grassroots activists, Indigenous and business leaders, scientists, policy makers, farmers,” and others in marches, demonstrations, and training sessions.
You can donate to the nonprofit here.
3. Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP)
Women might form roughly 50 percent of the United States’ population, but they constitute only 20 percent of the lawmakers in Congress. And if you look at some of the unsettling, anti-woman policies that have been getting passed these days, this minimal representation becomes glaringly obvious.
WIPP is a “national nonpartisan public policy organization that advocates for and on behalf of women and minorities” in legislative processes, and also by actively working to create economic opportunities for women and minorities.
Donate to WIPP here.
4. The National Council of Negro Women
So, if you accept that the gender wage gap exists, that’s great and everything, but you should also know women of color, namely African American women, face an even more substantial wage gap. There’s arguably plenty of other spheres where Black women face even more obstacles than their white counterparts do, and that’s where the National Council of Negro Women comes in.
The organization, founded in 1935, aims to help women of African descent achieve equality through “research, advocacy and national and community-based health, education and economic empowerment services.” You can donate to the National Council of Negro Women here.
5. United Nations Women/United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women
The United Nations General Assembly founded UN Women in 2010 with the goal of influencing global policies to promote economic and political empowerment for women. The UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women aims to combat sexual abuse, and provide funding for health services general advocacy for girls and women around the world. Learn more about how you can donate, here.
6. Women on Web
When all eyes were on Latin America as the Zika virus tore through it, earlier this year, no one stood with desperate and terrified pregnant women in the region like the Canada-based group, Women on Web. With access to contraceptives highly limited and abortion illegal in many Latin American countries, Women on Web offered advice and controversial abortion pills to thousands of women in anti-choice countries like Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Peru or El Salvador. The digital community and international collective answers thousands of help-emails in different languages everyday, and also fights back against cultural stigmas against abortion by encouraging women to share their stories in a judgment-free zone.
You can make a donation here.
Alas, I’ve saved perhaps your most fun option for last. You can support single mothers in Colombia by purchasing fun and gorgeous lingerie.
Naja might not be a nonprofit organization, but it is a Colombia-based company founded by a female entrepreneur that hires local single mothers and female heads of households, and offers them not only a “livable wage” and “a flexible work environment,” but also invests “in school books, uniforms and school lunches for her employee’s children.” Mic also reports that Naja teaches its employees valuable and profitable skills in sewing.
And if you’re looking for one more reason to switch over from Victoria’s Secret, there was that one time in 2011 it got busted for child labor in Africa.