One aspect of everyone’s life purpose should be to help others. If you have the knowledge and resources, passing down what you have learned is perpetuating the things you want to see in the world. Thankfully, non-profits can be that for so many. Like many other institutions, the number of women who run non-profits is significantly lower than men. Offering support to these women is crucial because the majority of them are empowering other women and girls through their non-profit ventures. Become familiar with some of these amazing organizations that are lead by some equally amazing women.
First off, we all know the scarcity of women in the tech industry, but to give you a quick scope, only twenty percent of jobs are held by women. The field has had its progressive moments, but there is still a long way to go for equal representation among the sexes. Part of the reason for such a disparity is that the skills are not encouraged among girls compared to boys. Reshma Saujani saw this trend and established a non-profit, Girls Who Code, to tackle this issue head-on. “As the first Indian American woman to run for Congress back in 2010, Saujani does not shy away from a challenge” (Swirled). Thanks to her willingness to go against the status quo, she has been able to reach over 90,000 girls who are seeking a career in the tech sphere. The organization is always looking for volunteers, so search your area for a local chapter and lend your expertise to girls in need.
Next up is a non-profit focused on the fitness and overall well-being of African American women and girls. Lifestyle changes are hard. We get used to eating a certain way or haven’t mastered the art of discipline so; naturally, we revert to our comfort zones. But, when “college friends Morgan T. Dixon and Vanessa Garrison both discovered a healing connection to their health, mental state, and families through walking” they created GirlTrek (Swirled). The organization’s goal is to expand upon the idea of walking by forming walking campaigns, encouraging community leadership, and also examining civil rights history and principles. You can contribute to the progression of African Americans, as well as, maintaining a healthy mind and body. If you think about it, how can you successfully do one without the other?
Unfortunately, the powers that be in the US are not the most generous to women and girls. We have to fight and organize to get some of the most basic rights that should be afforded. Free condoms can be found at your local health center, but feminine hygiene products are not treated the same. Nadya Okamoto, who was homeless at one point, “realized the immense demand for feminine hygiene products while conversing with homeless women on her daily commute to school” (Swirled). She created her non-profit, Period, to provide period packs to communities in need, as well as, educating those who are unaware of just how the menstrual cycle works. One of their current goals is to repeal the tampon tax and have hygiene products in public places for free. A conversation that is often ignored is making its way to the forefront of society, just as it should be.
These are just a few of the non-profits run by women, but Swirled has crafted a list of ten non-profits that you can check out in your spare time. Life can get a little hectic, so finding some extra time to lend a helping hand is easier said than done. These causes are pushing thoughts and practices that are not considered the norm, so contributing will heighten their visibility to the masses. Women’s ideas and passions deserve a platform and also a supporting cast.