Give your money to these women and pro-women’s organizations who need it now more than ever
In case it wasn’t already clear, give your money to women is relevant 365 days a year. The original idea behind the hashtag started by Lauren Chief Elk, Bardot Smith, and Yeoshin Lourdes around July 2015 was a way for women to band together to get paid for all the emotional labor women tend to do and never get paid for. Its original intent may have nothing to do with gender-based income inequality, but it works for that too. I wish I was urging you to give your money to women under better circumstances. But, alas, there’s a misogynistic alleged rapist headed to the Oval in January, so women and pro-women’s organizations need your money now more than ever.
Women and women’s organizations all across the country are doing phenomenal work year round to address sexual violence, reproductive rights, and trans advocacy. And there are other women advocating for mental health, encouraging women to run for office, and trying to build gardens in underrepresented communities.
Women helping women is how we’ve always gotten through. Regardless of who’s in office, we’re not moving backward. Onward and upward. Always. I’ve compiled a list of individual women and pro-women’s organizations who are out here saving this world every day. They need your time and money, or both. In the words of the poet laureate Wu-Tang Clan, “Cash rules everything around me. C.R.E.A.M. Get the money.”
Tony award-winning playwright and Vagina Monologues author Eve Ensler founded V-DAY, a global activist movement to stop violence against women and girls. In addition to educating millions, V-DAY funded more than 13,000 community-based anti-violence programs and safe houses in Haiti, Kenya, Iraq, Egypt, and Democratic Republic of Congo. You can donate here.
Girls Write Now
In 1998, Maya Nussbaum founded Girls Write Now (GWN), New York City’s only writing and mentoring organization for girls. The girls that GWN mentors are over 90 percent high need and 95 percent girls of color. Through its mentoring programs, the girls have been published in Newsweek, ELLE India, and The Huffington Post. You can donate here.
Susan Burton — A New Way of Life Re-Entry Project
Susan Burton has dedicated herself to helping women and families end the cycle of incarceration since 1998. Her organization provides housing, pro bono legal services, case management, advocacy, and policy development on behalf of women rebuilding their lives. You can donate here, but they’d also love to have you as a volunteer.
TransWomen of Color Collective (TWOCC)
According to The Advocate, 24 transgender people have been killed this year, making it the deadliest year on record for trans people. Almost all the victims were of color and a majority were black. Trans women of color are at risk more than any other group. TWOCC is a global initiative to offer healing, kinship, and community for trans people of color. Their Healing and Restorative Justice Institute builds capacity in health and wellness, advocacy/leadership development, and a visibility campaign. You can donate here.
Erika J. Kendrick — The Mental Fitness Tour
Kendrick is an author and motivational speaker who uses her experience with bipolar disorder and clinical depression to help people all over the country. She uses her suicide survival story for her Mental Fitness Tour, where she does presentations, panels, and workshops on life-saving methods for those suffering with mental illness. Help her reach her $10,000 goal by checking out her GoFundMe page here. She’s almost there!
National Organization for Women (NOW)
The overwhelming support for NOW following the election temporarily crashed the site, but it’s back up. NOW is the largest organization of grassroots feminist activists in the country. Donating to NOW provides support for abortion rights, access to reproductive health care, economic equality, fighting racism and bigotry in the LGBT community, and ending violence against women. You can donate here.
RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network)
RAINN is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. It operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (1-800-656-HOPE) and has helped more than 2.4 million people since 1993. The organization has already started a #MyNameOurVoice petition to the president-elect and Congress asking that sexual violence be a top priority. You can donate here.
She Should Run started as a project in 2008 to inspire women to run for public office. Women are not encouraged to run at the same rate as men, but when they do run they often win at the same rate as their male counterparts. She Should Run has encouraged more than 100,000 women from all walks of life to consider public office through their Ask A Woman to Run program. You can donate here.
The Reproductive Health Access Project (RHAP)
RHAP is a national organization that works directly with primary care providers to help them integrate abortion, contraception, and miscarriage management into their practices. Simply put, they train clinicians to make reproductive health care accessible to everyone. You can donate here.
Beverly Bond — Black Girls Rock
Beverly Bond was one of music’s top DJs when she took her music industry expertise and founded BLACK GIRLS ROCK! in 2006. BGR is a youth empowerment mentoring organization that empowers girls to lead, innovate, and serve. BLACK GIRLS ROCK! consists of a tech initiative, a think tank for research advocacy, and an annual camp. In 2010, Bond partnered with BET to televise an annual BLACK GIRLS ROCK! award show that honors extraordinary girls and women in the areas of education, service, activism, and more. You can donate here.
National Black Women’s Justice Institute (NBWJI)
Racial and gender disparities in the justice system are real. NBWJI is an organization focuses on reducing those disparities affecting black women, girls, and families. Through conducting research, technical assistance, engagement in public education, civic engagement, and public advocacy, NBWJI works on behalf of black girls and women who are impacted directly by criminalization and the justice system. You can donate here.
Black Women for Wellness (BWWLA)
Black women tend to take care of everybody but themselves, or everybody first and themselves after. BWWLA is committed to wellness for black women in health education, empowerment, and advocacy. A few of their goals include: increasing accessible and affordable health services; building the personal, communal, and political power of black women and girls; strengthening black women’s internal infrastructure and advocating for women’s help. You can donate, volunteer or do both.
Tanya Fields — The BLK Project
Bronx activist Tanya Fields started the BLK Project in 2009 to take a proactive approach in her search for inclusive economic development. The BLK Project addresses food justice and economic development by harnessing the local good food movement and creating business opportunities for underserved youth and women of color. You can help Fields continue her veggie cart on wheels and start her own urban farm here.
Over the first 100 hours and 100 days following the election, these women of color pledge to stand with women who are leaders, who are working to end violence against women and girls, and who support Black Lives Matter. You can take the pledge here and you can donate here.