20 Women's Organizations You Need to Know
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
As Diversity Best
Practices celebrates Women’s History Month this March, we'd like to provide you
with a list of key organizations serving women. Information about additional
women’s organizations is available in WOW!
American Association of University
Association of University Women advances equity for women and girls through
advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. AAUW (formerly known as the
American Association of University Women) is a nationwide network of more than
100,000 members and donors, 1,000 branches and 500 college and university
American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA)
Medical Women’s Association is an organization which functions at the local,
national and international level to advance women in medicine and improve
women’s health. We achieve this by providing and developing leadership,
advocacy, education, expertise, mentoring and through building strategic
Association for Women in Communications (AWC)
for Women in Communications is a professional organization that champions the
advancement of women across all communications disciplines by recognizing
excellence, promoting leadership and positioning its members at the forefront
of the evolving communications era.
The Center for Women’s Business Research
provides knowledge about women business owners and their enterprises worldwide.
It provides original, ground-breaking research to document the economic and
social contributions of women-owned firms, and consulting and public relations
services to maximize the benefits of this knowledge.
Financial Women’s Association (FWA)
Association is a nonprofit professional organization established in 1956 by a
group of Wall Street women. Its goals are: to advance professionalism in
finance and in the financial services industry with special emphasis on the
role and development of women, to attain greater recognition for women’s
achievements in business, to encourage women to seek career opportunities in
finance and business.
General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC)
Federation of Women’s Clubs is a nonpartisan, nondenominational, women’s
volunteer service organization founded in 1890. More than 100,000 members in
affiliated clubs in every state and more than a dozen countries work in their
own communities to support the arts, preserve natural resources, advance
education, promote healthy lifestyles, encourage civic involvement, and work
toward world peace and understanding.
Girl Scouts of the USA
Girl Scouts of
the USA is an organization dedicated solely to girls, where, in an accepting
and nurturing environment, girls build character and skills for success in the
real world. Girl Scouts’ membership has reached 3.4 million members throughout the
United States, including U.S. territories, and in more than 90 countries
through USA Girl Scouts Overseas.
Incorporated is a national nonprofit youth organization dedicated to inspiring
all girls to be strong, smart and bold. With roots dating to 1864, Girls Inc.
has provided vital educational programs to millions of American girls,
particularly those in high-risk, underserved areas.
League of Women Voters of the United States (LWV)
The League of
Women Voters of the United States, a nonpartisan political organization, has
fought since 1920 to improve systems of government and impact public policies
through citizen education and advocacy. The League’s enduring vitality and
resonance comes from its unique decentralized structure. The League is a
grassroots organization, working at the national, state and local levels.
National Association for Female Executives (NAFE)
Founded in 1972,
the National Association of Female Executives provides education, networking
and public advocacy to empower its members to achieve career success and
financial security. Members are women executives, business owners,
entrepreneurs and others who are committed to NAFE’s mission: the advancement
of women in the workplace.
National Association of Women Business Owners
Association of Women Business Owners propels women entrepreneurs into economic,
social and political spheres of power worldwide by: strengthening the wealth
creating capacity of our members and promoting economic development within the
entrepreneurial community, creating innovative and effective change in the
business culture, building strategic alliances, coalitions and affiliations,
and transforming public policy and influencing opinion makers
National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW)
Council of Jewish Women is a volunteer organization that has been at the forefront
of social change through championing the needs of women, children, and families
— while taking a progressive stance on such issues as child welfare, women’s
rights, and reproductive freedom.
National Council of Negro Women (NCNW)
Council of Negro Women is a council of national African-American women’s
organizations and community-based sections. NCNW’s mission is to lead, develop
and advocate for women of African descent as they support their families and
communities. NCNW fulfills this purpose through research, advocacy and national
and community-based services and programs.
National Organization for Women (NOW)
organization of feminist activists in the United States, NOW has 500,000
contributing members and 550 chapters in all 50 states and the District of
Columbia. Since its founding in 1966, NOW’s goal has been to take action to
bring about equality for all women.
National Women’s Business Council (NWBC)
Women’s Business Council is a bipartisan federal advisory council created to
serve as an independent source of advice and policy recommendations to the
President, Congress, and the U.S. Small Business Administration on economic
issues of importance to women business owners. The Council’s mission is to
promote bold initiatives, policies and programs designed to support women’s
business enterprises at all stages of development in the public and private
sector marketplaces, from start-up to success to significance.
Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP)
Public Policy is a national nonpartisan public policy organization that
advocates for and on behalf of women and minorities in business in the
legislative processes of our nation, creating economic opportunities and
building bridges and alliances to other small business organizations.
Women in Technology International (WITI)
Technology International is a trade association for tech-savvy women,
empowering women in business and technology to achieve unimagined
possibilities. WITI has programs and partnerships that provide connections,
resources, opportunities and a supportive environment of women committed to
helping each other.
Women’s Sports Foundation
Sports Foundation is a national charitable educational organization dedicated
to advancing the lives of girls and women of all ages and skills levels through
The YWCA is one
of the oldest and largest multicultural women’s organization in the world.
Across the globe, the organization has more than 25 million members in 106
countries, including 2.6 million members and participants in 300 local
associations in the United States. The YWCA’s mission is to eliminate racism
and empower women.
International is a global organization of executives and professionals working
together to advance the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy.
With more than 31,000 members in 66 countries and geographic areas, members
volunteer their time, talents and support to local and international service
projects as well as scholarship programs.
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