There is really no better time to recognize organizations that fight for women’s rights than March. March has been celebrated as Women’s History Month since 1987, when Congress passed official legislation recognizing it as such.
Since its inception in 1987, women have broken various barriers and glass ceilings. We currently have our first woman Vice President, our first Black woman Supreme Court justice, and a record number of women in Congress. Outside of the political world, women are dominating arts and entertainment, athletics, and academics.
This March, we are recognizing four organizations that have helped support women’s rights for years. Read about their work here.
1. NA’AMAT USA
NA’AMAT USA is a nonprofit volunteer organization that has been empowering women in both Israel and the United States since 1925. NA’AMAT USA’s mission is to provide vital educational and social services for women, children, and families in need in Israel and the United States.
NA’AMAT has taken a stance on various issues concerning all women, including birth control access, closing the wage gap, and fighting sex trafficking. In Israel specifically, NA’AMAT is responsible for 250 day care centers and provides funding for technological and agricultural high schools, a women’s shelter, legal aid bureaus, educational scholarships, women’s rights centers and women’s health centers.
2. Black Women’s Health Imperative
For the past forty years, Black Women’s Health Imperative has been fighting for better wellness for Black women. According to their website, the organization has been at “the forefront of women’s health issues through comprehensive public education initiatives that promote the overall wellness of Black women.”
The BWHI opened a public education and policy office in Washington, DC, in 1990. In 1995, they realized that they would also have better opportunities to address racial and gender-based health disparities affecting Black women by creating a national presence there. This caused them to relocate their national headquarters to the capital.
3. Girl Rising
Girl Rising is an organization that focuses on education and collaboration in order to spread knowledge on gender equity in the United States. According to their website, their work builds voice, agency, and confidence in girls so that they can persist in their education, foster a more inclusive learning environment that leads to improved education outcomes for girls, and change attitudes and social norms towards womanhood.
The organization reaches ten million adolescent girls a year. In 2021, they did work in 12 countries, worked with over 110 partners, and reached 33,000 educators.
ActionAid is an international organization that strives to build an equitable and sustainable world. The organization also focuses on helping communities on the frontlines of poverty and injustice.
According to their mission, ActionAid tackles the symptoms of unequal power – poverty, hunger, gender-based violence, climate change, conflict, and disaster – and challenges the ideologies, legal systems, and social norms that lie underneath, with the help of communities on the frontlines.
ActionAid believes that putting women in power is one of the first steps towards a more equitable world. The organization specifically works as the U.S. branch of ActionAid International. According to their website, ActionAid USA focuses on influencing U.S. policy, as well as international institutions like the United Nations in hopes of elevating the marginalized voices in the halls of power.
These institutions are only a few examples of organizations fighting for women’s justice across the globe. There are thousands of nonprofits trying to help us gain a more equitable place across the board. Consider supporting one this Women’s History Month.