PRESS RELEASE: WGF WingMen Step Up to Invest in Women and Girls

Local leaders answer the call to help break down barriers now, and for generations to come  Pittsburgh, PA (March 15, 2018) – In a January 2018, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Op-Ed, Women and Girls Foundation (WGF) Board Co-Chairs Janis Burley-Wilson and Len Caric, called for men to be leaders in the movement to bring about cultural change and play a role in achieving…

ICYMI: Tattoo Fundraiser

This week we caught up with Sara Rivera to talk last year’s tattoo fundraiser, ways to get involved, and what inspired her to create a benefit fundraiser for WGF. What inspired you to create this benefit fundraiser? My colleague, Laura Hammel of Gypsy Tattoo, were discussing current political events. We were discussing our very real worries…

Press Release: New State Study Reports Majority of Pennsylvania Employers Support Creating Statewide Paid Family Leave Program

New State Study Reports Majority of Pennsylvania Employers Support Creating Statewide Paid Family Leave Program. State Department of Labor Report highlights economic case for establishing a paid family and medical leave fund.

GirlGov Leadership Profile: Meet Gabby

Gabby is a GirlGover who combines dance and advocacy! Gabby, a senior, has been a GirlGov participant for two years! She initially decided to participate at the encouragement of a fellow classmate, and then decided to apply for the Leadership Council this year. One of Gabby’s favorite memories from last year is when State Representative…

GirlGov Leadership Profile: Meet Serena

Serena, a senior literary art major, has been a GirlGover for 3 years! One of Serena’s favorite experiences from last year was on the Harrisburg trip, when the cohort lobbied for comprehensive sexual education campaign. During the process, GirlGovers met with legislators and policy writers to stress the importance of comprehensive science-based sex education. For…

GirlGov Leadership Profile: Meet Abigail

Abigail, a GirlGover who combines art and social impact! Abigail first heard of the GirlGov program through the gifted program at school, and she has proudly participated in GirlGov for two years. One of her favorite memories includes reading through the messages left by fellow GirlGovers throughout the Harrisburg trip. She was thrilled that girls…

GirlGov Leadership Profile: Meet Samidha

Samidha, a GirlGover co-leading the Health & Environment Committee! Samidha first learned about GirlGov while she was participating in the Global Leadership certificate program through the World Affairs Council. Samidha has been a part of GirlGov for two years, and one of her favorite aspects of the program is that every GirlGov member has something…

GirlGov Leadership Profile: Meet Gigi

Gigi, a GirlGover, co-leads the Education committee! After she was encouraged to apply from a Leadership Council member, Gigi felt that “GirlGov created a safe space to discuss issues [that I’d never discussed in public].  I never realized how important this is –the discovery felt magical.” During the 2016 Harrisburg Retreat, Gigi and her GirlGov…

GirlGov Leadership Profile: Meet Traci

Traci has been a GirlGover for two years! At the end of her sophomore year, Traci’s friend encouraged her to join the GirlGov program. Traci’s favorite memories from last year include participating in the Revolutionary Show and Tell and meeting elected representatives on the trip to Harrisburg. Traci is co-leading the Freedom from Violence committee…

WGF CONGRATULATES ATHENA YOUNG PROFESSIONAL AWARD FINALIST AND FORMER GIRLGOV PARTICIPANT

      This week we caught up with Kelly Nestman, Center Administrator and Program Coordinator for the Center for Women’s Health Research and Innovation (CWHRI). When we first met Kelly, she was a 15-year-old with a vision and a commitment to empowering women and girls. Her vision included a program for high school and…