Nevada Women’s Fund raises money year-round to support the community, funding educational scholarships and organizational grants which continually improve the lives of women and their families in Northern Nevada.
This year, the organization embodied the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day, which was this week, Pledge for Parity. Together, the movers and shakers within the organization raised $3.5 million dollars.
This year marked the 105th celebration of International Women’s Day, a global recognition of the achievements and contributions of women. The commemoration of the day seeks to raise awareness about the challenges women continue to face in accessing equal rights, education, and workforce opportunities around the world.
This year’s celebration sought out to raise awareness and have supporters take the Pledge for Parity, helping work for gender parity in a number of ways, including supporting access to educational opportunities for women.
The Nevada Women’s Fund is addressing this need by offering solutions through scholarship and grant programs. At this year’s Women of Achievement Luncheon, in its 25th Anniversary Year, the Fund will honor contributions to STEM professions through the chair, Karen Purcell, CEO of PK Electrical and renowned speaker, Reshma Saujani, Founder/CEO of Girls Who Code.
“Since 1982, the Nevada Women’s Fund has worked toward promoting gender parity by offering financial support to women pursuing advanced education in our community, and’ by raising the money to grow our scholarship and grant programs to make a substantial contribution to our community,” said Nevada Women’s Fund President and CEO Isabelle Rodriguez Wilson. “The World Economic Forum estimates global parity, at the current pace, cannot be achieved until the year 2133. International Women’s Day, and this year’s Pledge for Parity theme, provides a platform to remind us all that while we have make great strides, there is still much we can do to give women equal opportunities in Nevada and around the world.”
For details on the Nevada Women’s Fund visit www.nevadawomensfund.org.
Erin Meyering is the Communications Specialist at Carson Tahoe Health. She previously worked as the Associate Editor of edible Reno-Tahoe magazine. After graduating from the Reynolds School of Journalism in 2014, she avidly pursued making writing and designing her career. On top area freelancing, she enjoys spending time doing yoga and hiking with her 75-lb lab/boxer mix, Biscotti.