Ways to Celebrate Women’s History Month

By: Ashmar Mandou

Lawndale News Chicago's Bilingual Newspaper - Local NewsIn recognition of Women’s History Month, a time to celebrate the achievements of women fighting for equal pay, environmental rights, and social justice, we place a spotlight on the various organizations across Chicago dedicated to empowering and uplifting women. Chicago has a vibrant community of women-own businesses and organizations looking for individuals to lend their time, resources, expertise, and voices that will impact generations to come. In honor of Women’s History Month, we have compiled a list of organizations to help you get started. So roll up your sleeves and lend your time to several worthy organizations across the city in hopes you will inspire the next wave of female leaders. Happy Women’s History Month.

Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC)
WBDC is a 501(c)(3) nationally recognized leader in the field of women’s business development and economic empowerment that was founded in 1986. Their mission is to support and accelerate business development and growth, targeting women and serving all diverse business owners, in order to strengthen their participation in, and impact on, the economy. For more information, visit www.wbdc.org.

Deborah’s Place
Deborah’s Place opens doors of opportunity for women who are homeless in Chicago. Supportive housing and services offer women their key to healing, achieving their goals and moving on from the experience of homelessness. They seek to fulfill their mission through the expression of their core values, safe, clean and affordable housing, strives for continual growth development and support. To get involved or to donate, visit www.deborahsplace.org.

Women Employed
The mission of Women Employed (WE) is to improve the economic status of women and remove barriers to economic equity. WE relentlessly pursue equity for women in the workforce by effecting policy change, expanding access to educational opportunities, and advocating for fair and inclusive workplaces so that all women, families, and communities thrive. WE pursue equity for all. Check out how you can support WE, at www.womenemployed.org.

Women United Chicago
Women United Chicago is a team of problem solvers seeking to make a positive impact on your organization and the world around. Women United Chicago provides a range of consulting services to organizations seeking transformation and growth. From fundraising and communications to visual identity to professional trainings, they create powerful tools that grow brans and build influence. To donate or to get involved, visit www.womenunitedchicago.org.

WGIRLS Chicago
WGIRLS Chicago is a 501(c)(3) non-profit with the mission to support organizations committed to empowering women and children across Chicago communities. They are a diverse group of young professional women who dedicate their free time to fundraise and volunteer for various Chicago non-profits. Alongside their volunteering and fundraising efforts, WGIRLS Chicago is constantly looking for opportunities to provide an environment that fosters personal and professional relationships among WGIRL members. To volunteer or to learn more, visit www.wgirls.org/chicago/

In Her Shoes Foundation
In Her Shoes Foundation (IHSF) began as the Positive Girls Club in 2008 as a forum for women of all ages to build strong individual and community relationships in the Chicagoland area. In 2011 the Club was formalized and it became In Her Shoes Foundation (IHSF), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Today, through their Professional Development Program, Giving Back initiative and their flagship program, Ready Set Girls Academy, strives to create a nurturing and positive environment for women and girls of all backgrounds to empower and inspire them to be their personal best. For more information, visit www.inhershoesfoundation.org.

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