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As a trans woman, Imara wondered if she mattered. With The Foundation’s support, Imara realized that she not only mattered but that she had the power to use her story to help others. “The support of The New York Women’s Foundation was an essential part of me finding my voice,” Imara says.
When Melba dreamed of opening a restaurant in an overlooked part of Harlem, people thought her business didn’t stand a chance. But Melba had a secret. More than just an eatery, Melba’s vision was to build a symbol of hope for her community.
“I wanted the kids in the community to know they had opportunities and I wanted others to know that you can build successful businesses in your community,” says Melba of Melba’s restaurant, a long-time supporter of The New York Women’s Foundation.
Melba persisted, and more than a decade later, she employs and feeds the local community while drawing tourists and celebrities alike to enjoy her world-famous American comfort food.
If one woman can have such a profound impact on her community, imagine what we can do together! That’s why we launched the Circle of Sisters, a unique initiative that welcomes women of all ages and identities to link arms in an effort to multiply their collective power.
Link arms with Melba by joining the Circle today! When you make a contribution to The New York Women’s Foundation, you invest with us. Together, we support women community leaders working to create a thriving, safe and healthy future for all women and families.
After the Anita Hill/Clarence Thomas hearings, Adria, a lawyer who dedicated her career to representing victims of domestic violence, attended a conference w/ Hill and 2,000 women who all wore t-shirts emblazoned with the words, “Women Tell the Truth.”
Today, as women’s stories are regularly disbelieved, it is more necessary than ever to nurture a circle that will stand strong in the fight for gender equality. We need every woman to become a part of the circle.
We want you to meet Suki—a member of the Circle who in the early days of the AIDS epidemic was among the first activists to raise awareness about the risk to women. Suki’s dedication brought much-needed attention and services to at-risk women and children, likely resulting in thousands of averted infections.
At 84 years young, Suki continues to call out injustice and to educate people about ways to effect change and is a proud member of The New York Women’s Foundation’s Circle of Sisters, a growing initiative that welcomes women of all ages and identities to link arms in an effort to multiply our collective power.
Why does The New York Women’s Foundation work to build an intergenerational movement?
Because we know that wisdom passed down through the generations can gain power and traction among younger generations.
Meet Bahia. She learned her strong work ethic and fearlessness from her mother and grandmother, natives of Panama who arrived in America with very little resources. They worked hard to create opportunities for Bahia, who now uses her power to advocate for others. Bahia says that thanks to her great role models, she is now a force to be reckoned with.
Does your story matter?
The New York Women’s Foundation knows it does because every day we meet women, like you, whose stories are driving social change.
What drives Xian’s fearless advocacy to help women love themselves? Her story. Xian shares her story to encourage women around the world to embrace the revolutionary power of self-love. It’s both beautifully fierce and simple.
How do you activate your power?
The New York Women’s Foundation posed this question to a handful of supporters and champions. The answers were as unique as each of the women we asked.
In this video, long-time Foundation supporter Melissa says that she activates her power by helping others, even when it means pushing herself beyond measure.
In the wise words of our sister Rhonda Joy McLean, “Sometimes you have to simply stand in the face of ignorance and irrationality,” and that is what we are inviting you to do.
The Circle of Sisters for Social Change launched at the 2019 Celebrating Women® Breakfast as a powerful network to support women’s economic security in New York City.
The Foundation’s steadfast commitment to respond to the seemingly intractable issues of poverty, violence, and discrimination is unwavering. Our ability to uplift the leadership of women and girls and invest early in innovative, community-based solutions will be strengthened by the support of the Circle of Sisters.