Dear WGC Donor and Friends,
Today, April 10 is Equal Pay Day. That means women had to work all of 2017 and until this day in 2018 to catch up with what men earned in 2017 alone. We care about this because one of the goals of the WGC is to raise the awareness of gender disparities in our community.
As I walk through my personal and professional travels each day, women who don’t know us ask me what the WGC is and what we are trying to do. My answer is our mission: the Women’s Giving Circle is building a community of philanthropists and creating a permanent legacy to address the needs of women and girls in Howard County.
The next question naturally is how we are doing this, which gives me an opportunity to discuss our goals and accomplishments, which you can read more about here.
What is perhaps the most important question that often follows is why … why are women partnering to support programs that benefit women and girls? My answer is comprehensive, which you can read here, but in a nutshell, because programs for women and girls have historically been underfunded, and philanthropy and social change needs to continue to more fully recognize and include women’s voices in order to spark greater investment in issues affecting women and girls in our community, including issues like equal pay.
When I’m done answering these questions, I always have one of my own … “so, do you want to get involved?”
I hope many of you do.
In fact, one easy way you can get involved today is to help spread the word about ourJourney Camp for Girls. Journey is a week-long summer leadership camp for girls entering 7th, 8th and 9th grade, in partnership with Maryland Leadership Workshop. You can read more about it below, and on our website here. Here are 3 ways you can help – please:
- Send us the name and email of anyone you think might be interested in learning more – we’ll reach out to them! We are accepting applications from rising 7th, 8th and 9th grade girls.
- Post the link to the Journey Camp page of our website on your social media pages and on any neighborhood, women’s groups and/or school Facebook page groups that might find this camp of interest.
- Forward this eNewsletter to friends and neighbors regarding Journey.
Thanks for your help with securing another wonderful Journey Camp class!
Please know I’m always here to answer your questions about the WGC and to help you determine the best way to get involved in whatever way is meaningful for you. Don’t hesitate to contact me or anyone on the WGC Advisory Board at any time. Thank you for your partnership and support!
Alison Canning, WGC Chair