The Women’s Fund of Mississippi will celebrate 10 years of enhancing the economic security of girls and women by honoring 10 “Women of Vision” at an Oct. 24 luncheon at the Jackson Convention Complex.
Women’s Fund of Mississippi selected the honorees for the differences they have made in the lives of women and girls, said Carol Penick, Women’s Fund executive director.
Penick said she is hoping for strong attendance and support from the state’s business community. She suggests businesses could show their appreciation for the contributions of their female workers by buying their tickets to the11:30 a.m. luncheon and giving time off to attend it.
“The Women’s Fund and the business community have a mutually supportive relationship,” she said. “Our work is focused on reducing the rate of teen pregnancies in our state, resulting in higher levels of education for our young people, who can then qualify for higher paying jobs. The Blueprint Mississippi report named teen pregnancy as a barrier to our state’s economic success. We’re working on the solutions: Comprehensive sex education, teen friendly health services, and access to opportunity plus workforce development.”
The 10-year-old organization has invested more than $2 million in Mississippi non-profits to advance social change and economic self-sufficiency through advocacy and strategic granting, the organization says. “The Women’s Fund is the only granting making and advocacy organization in Mississippi entirely dedicated to funding programs that improve the lives of women and girls statewide,” it adds.
In its 10th anniversary year, The Women’s Fund is investing $506,000 in 11 programs statewide. Each organization will receive from $10,000 to $160,000 to advance the economic security of women and girls across the state.”
The women to be honored Oct. 24 have made “genuine changes in healthcare, education, racial reconciliation, the environment, economic independence, journalism, civil and human rights, and the arts throughout Mississippi and the nation,” Penick said.
The 10 women are:
» Helen Barnes, MD, formerly professor of obstetrics and gynecology at UMMC and one of the first African-American women physicians to practice in Mississippi;
» Martha Bergmark, founding president and CEO of the Mississippi Center for Justice;
» L.C. Dorsey, formerly director of social services for Mid-Delta Head Start, associate director of the Southern Coalition on Jails and Prisons, assistant professor of Social Work at Jackson State University and Mississippi Valley State Universities;
» Winifred Green, president and founder of the Southern Coalition for Educational Equity;
» Seetha Srinivasan, director emerita of the University Press of Mississippi;
» Natasha Trethewey, poet laureate of Mississippi, poet laureate of the United States, and a Pulitzer Prize winner;
» Kathryn L. Wiener, philanthropist and founding member of the Women’s Fund;
» Myrlie Evers-Williams, founder and chair of The Medgar and Myrlie Evers Institute and distinguished Scholar-in-Residence at Alcorn State University
» Elise Winter, former first lady of Mississippi, philanthropist and advocate for public education and racial reconciliation, and founding member of Habitat for Humanity Metro Jackson
» Leila Clark Wynn, philanthropist and supporter of education, the environment and cultural institutions.
“These women all embody the potential and promise of committed women, and the impact such women can have on Mississippi,” The Women’s Fund said in a press statement.
Tickets are $100 for the luncheon, which runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission includes a commemorative tribute book.