Ƶ : Empowering Women Since 1881

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.
Dare to Be...

Thank you NCCWSL 2024 attendees!

Ƶ hosted hundreds of motivated college women from around the country for leadership training, inspiration and networking at our National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL). Stay tuned for photos and more updates!

Rachel Carson. Photo: Smithsonian Institution
Women Make History Every Day

Marine Biologist and 1956 Ƶ Achievement Awardee Rachel Carson

“Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life.”

Author of the award-winning book Silent Spring, which was instrumental in documenting the danger of different chemical use on the environment — inspiring generations of environmentalism. Received 1956 Ƶ Achievement Award.

Civil Rights

Where We Stand: LGBTQ+ Rights

Ƶ advocates freedom in definition of self and family, including protection from discrimination and a guarantee of civil rights for all family structures, and vigorous enforcement of and full access to civil and constitutional rights.

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.

Pride Month

Ƶ is proud to celebrate Pride Month. This month, we are highlighting our LGBTQ+ alumnae and those working to bring awareness and promote gender equity for women and girls.

Dr. Jennifer DeClue is an Associate Professor in the Program for the Study of Women and Gender at Smith College, specializing in Black feminism, gender and chattel slavery, queer of color critique, film studies, popular culture, and the avant-garde.

Melissa Bittencourt Jaeger is a feminist bisexual cisgender woman from Brazil with a background in psychology and gender and sexuality studies.

Dr. Jack Caraves is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of California, Riverside.

Dr. Kristie Seelman is an Associate Professor and Director of the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) Program in the School of Social Work. Her research addresses health disparities affecting LGBTQIA+ people.

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.

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!