Giving is a journey that opens our hearts to humanity. My call to action for women who want
to disrupt the world is: Let us tip the balance from poverty to progress in a country like
ours by helping other women.
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In a world where women hold up half the sky, we should be conscious of our responsibility
to lift our sisters who do 2/3rds of the world's work, receive 10% of the world's salaries, and
own only one percent of the means of production. Women helping women and girls create
economic empowerment opportunities that unlock enormous potential for global
productivity and lead to sustainable economic growth.
Women are the most effective conduits through which change is possible. Imagine the
enormous impact educated women would have on the world! We could move the needle in
our own country to alter these statistics*:
- 70% of people living in extreme poverty worldwide are women [one.org];
- 2/3rds of the world's illiterate adults are women [UNICEF.org/mdg/gender.html];
- only one percent of the world's women own land [icrw.org];
- 100 million girls in the developing world will become child brides, increasing the likelihood of a girl dying in childbirth by 5X, increasing the likelihood of her dropping out of school, reducing her chances of employment and perpetuating the cycle of poverty for women [girlsdiscovered.org].
In contrast, women in America now control 60% of all personal wealth.
Over the next thirty plus years, women are expected to inherit 70% of the 41 trillion
dollars in inter-generational wealth transfers. That's a lot of philanthropic power.
The power of women giving, alone or together, creates potential for disrupting the status
quo of philanthropy today. Our impact and voices will shape the future of wealth and giving.
*Excerpted from "A Passion for Giving" by Angelica Berrie