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Equity Now

Together, we can achieve a vision of equal opportunity for all
Mae Jemison, 2007 Achievement Awardee. Jemison was the first Black woman in space, serving as a mission specialist aboard the Endeavour in 1992.
Election Resources

How to Get Involved and Educate Voters

There are many ways Ƶ members can get involved in the elections and help educate voters. Our voter engagement campaign — ’s My Vote! — will give you the training, tools, and resources to help increase voter participation in your community.

Women Make History Every Day

Ƶ Alumna Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson in The New York Times

“Though she doesn’t go so far as to call herself hopeful, Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson is one of those experts trying to change the mood. She’s a marine biologist and a founder of the Urban Ocean Lab, a think tank focusing on climate and coastal cities. She has also worked with the Environmental Protection Agency and advised lawmakers on climate policy. Additionally, Johnson, who is 43, is a leading climate activist and communicator.”

Nancy Grace Roman (1925-2018), Ƶ member and chief of astronomy at NASA
Gender Equity

Ƶ Partners with NSF on Advancing Pay Equity in Higher Education

Joining forces with Ƶ, the NSF ADVANCE Partnership Project “Let’s Talk Money” takes aim at bringing gender equity to higher education compensation. Rooted in Ƶ’s commitment to dismantling equity barriers for women and girls, “Let’s Talk Money” aims to expand knowledge of best practices for faculty pay to the higher education community by:

• Building understanding of university pay-practices and outcomes.
• Incorporating an equity lens into pay-decisions.
• Expanding productive conversations about pay.
• Improving communication of pay decisions.

Webinar Spotlight: "In Conversation with Dr. Pempho Chinkondenji"

Dive into our past recordings and keep an eye out for future events that celebrate, educate on, and inspire progress in gender equity.

CEO Webinar: In Conversation with Dr. Pempho Chinkondenji

Watch CEO Gloria L. Blackwell’s conversation with Ƶ International Fellow alumna, Pempho Chinkondenji, Ph.D. Dr. Chinkondenji discussed her work on addressing structural inequalities within educational policies and practices, with a specific emphasis on the intersection of education, gender, race, and motherhood. Dr. Chinkondenji is a scholar, educator, and practitioner-activist in the field of comparative and international education.

Ƶ Alumnae Summer Reads

Discover thought-provoking works by women authors in our Ƶ Alumnae Summer Reading list. From insightful political essays to captivating historical narratives and compelling fiction, these diverse books explore themes of democracy, social justice, identity, and empowerment.

In this exhilarating anthology of original essays, Keisha N. Blain brings together the voices of major progressive Black women politicians, grassroots activists, and intellectuals to offer critical insights on how we can create a more equitable political future.

A City on Mars is a book about the space settlement movement and the ideas within.

An award-winning historian shows how girls who found self-understanding in the natural world became women who changed America.

The pioneering anthology Home Girls features writings by Black feminist and lesbian activists on topics both provocative and profound.

The riveting history of how Pauli Murray—a brilliant writer-turned-activist—and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt forged an enduring friendship that helped to alter the course of race and racism in America.

Sociologist Sharon M. Quinsaat sheds new light on the formation of diasporic connections through transnational protests.

All Jackie wants to do is cook her way. But what is her way? In a novel that will make you laugh and cry, Jackie proves who she is both on and off the plate.

Our Priority Issues

Take Action

Members of Ƶ’s Action Network receive urgent email notices and text messages when their advocacy is needed most. With our online Two-Minute Activist tool, it takes just minutes and an internet connection to make your voice heard on issues impacting women and girls!