Funding and shaping change for women.

The Women’s Foundation of Alabama is committed to achieving gender equity through core strategies: philanthropy, research, and advocacy.

  • Philanthropy: We target our grantmaking to create pathways to economic opportunity.
  • Research: We research the status of women and elevate solutions to address key barriers.
  • Advocacy: We advocate for public policy solutions to create gender equity.

Fueled by generous individuals and community partners, Women’s Foundation of Alabama invested $987,716 in 2020 to create pathways to economic opportunity, identify data-informed solutions, and shape policies to remove systemic barriers—all for women. And by strengthening women, we strengthen all Alabama families and communities.

Scroll through the images below to see highlights from the impact of this investment and read our 2020 Annual Report to learn more about what your support helped us accomplish.

2020 Annual Report

Philanthropy in Action

2020 Rapid Response Funding

In March 2020, at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, only 7% of child care centers and 29% of day care homes in Alabama were open and operating. In response, The Women’s Fund launched our Rapid Operating and Relief (ROAR) for Women Fund. ROAR for Women allowed us to raise funds and deploy targeted grants to child care centers serving children of essential employees in areas of greatest needs throughout our state.

In 2020, The Women’s Fund proudly awarded ROAR for Women Funds totaling $195,012 to 31 child care centers across the state. One hundred percent remain open today.

ROAR-funded centers served:

  • 1,308 children
  • 353 essential worker parents
  • 239 child care staff

ROAR-funded centers included:

  • 97% woman-owned businesses
  • 9 of 31 child care centers in low-to-moderate income areas
  • 12 of 31 child care centers are led by a woman of color
  • 14 grants to child care centers, 17 to home providers

Research in Action

Convening community to catalyze change

After the formal release of the report, our Clearing the Path community event continued prior years’ conversations about women and the workforce by adding the voices of state leaders and building on our efforts to create scalable solutions that benefit all women.

The event centered on innovative ways Alabama is already addressing gender inclusivity in workforce development and the robust opportunities to build a more sustainable workforce. Featured speakers included cabinet members from Governor Kay Ivey’s administration, elected officials from across the state, and private sector leaders.

Driven by the report’s key findings, The Women’s Foundation issued a clear and viable call to action for broader understanding of how Alabama’s workforce development system is working for women. By ensuring that women are a fundamental part of the state’s formal economy, The Women’s Fund reaffirms our commitment to building an Alabama where all women can reach their full potential. Learn more.

Advocacy in Action

Closing the gender wage gap

On June 11, 2019 Governor Kay Ivey signed into law the Clarke-Figures Equal Pay Act, a decisive victory for all women across the state.

Sponsored by Representative Adline Clarke (D-Mobile) and carried in the Senate by Senator Vivian Figures (D-Mobile), the Equal Pay Act prohibits an employer from paying any of its employees at wage rates less than those paid to employees of another sex or race for equal work. Additionally, the law prohibits employers from retaliating against a job applicant for not providing their salary history and allows for a private right of action at the state level.

This was a necessary first step towards achieving pay equity for Alabama women who, on average, only earn 78 cents for every dollar earned by a man—the 8th worst pay gap in the U.S.

While the passage of the Equal Pay Act was a bold step for women and will certainly have tangible outcomes, the Alabama legislature’s acknowledgement of the existence of the gender wage gap is also an equally important win for the hundreds of advocates who spent years working tirelessly for fair pay. Learn more.

Women: Alabama's Greatest Resource

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