Making Change: Resources for Action
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The Bella Abzug Leadership Institute (BALI)
- An organization founded to utilize Abzug’s leaderships skills and legacy as a model to mentor and train high school- and college-aged women and help them to develop the confidence and skills they need to be effective, dynamic and visionary leaders as well as active and creative participants in civic, political, corporate and community life.
The Big Five @ The National Council for Research on Women
- A national campaign by the National Council for Research on Women that focuses on five important issues for women in the current moment: economic security, health, immigration, violence, and education. The Big Five mini-site features information about the Big Five initiative, including data concerning each of the five issues, and the Real Deal blog, which covers current developments concerning the Big Five and other NCRW initiatives.
- The Real Deal Blog:
The Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) @ Rutgers
- CAWP is the leading source of scholarly research and current data about American women’s political participation. Its mission is to promote greater knowledge and understanding about women's participation in politics and government and to enhance women's influence and leadership in public life. The center’s website boasts a large collection of data and analysis on women’s political participation in the United States, including the following resources:
- Fast Facts:
- Research and Scholarship on the status and impact of women in politics:
- Useful Links:
Center for Community Change
- Main site: http://www.communitychange.org
- Resource Library: http://www.communitychange.org/library
- The Center for Community Change strengthens, connects and mobilizes grassroots groups to enhance their leadership, voices and power. The center ensures that grassroots voices are heard in Washington and shapes the national conversation about building a better America by uniting grassroots groups and leaders across race and ethnicity, issues and geography to solve some of the most pressing problems facing low-income people today. The center’s website includes a searchable resource library that contains tools for activists and community organizers related to general organizing strategy and specific issues such as education and the environment.
The Feminist Majority Foundation
- The Feminist Majority Foundation is an organization dedicated to women's equality, reproductive health, and non-violence. FMF engages in research and public policy development, public education programs, grassroots organizing projects, leadership training and development programs, and participates in and organizes forums on issues of women's equality and empowerment. FMF’s website contains information about women’s issues and FMF’s work to address them.
- Information about ongoing issues:
- Campus Activism Program:
- The world’s largest pro-choice student network, Feminist Campus is a sister organization to FMF that encourages political activism and engagement and mobilizes college students to engage in activism regarding women’s issues.
The Highlander Center
- Highlander serves as a catalyst for grassroots organizing and movement building in Appalachia and the South. Through popular education, participatory research, and cultural work, the center develops leadership and helps create and support strong, democratic organizations that work for justice, equality and sustainability in their own communities and that join with others to build broad movements for social, economic and restorative environmental change. Rosa Parks and many other major organizers were trained by the center, which is particularly strong in issues of racial and economic justice. Highlander’s website contains a list of resources on community organizing and a collection of useful links that would be valuable for any activist or community organizer.
- Grassroots Action for Global Change: Resources for Community-Based Organizers in Appalachia and Elsewhere:
- Resources for Multi-Racial Organizing in the Southern United States:
- Spanish/Bilingual Resources:
- Highlander also has a list of useful links organized into categories: http://www.highlandercenter.org/links.asp
Hubert H. Humphrey Institute @ the University of Minnesota
- Main site: http://www.hhh.umn.edu/centers/wpp/index.html
- Bibliography on Women and Leadership: http://www.hhh.umn.edu/centers/wpp/research/women_in_leadership.html
- The Center on Women and Public Policy is devoted to teaching, research, and outreach and uses gendered analysis to challenge fundamental assumptions about politics, law, and economics on issues ranging from human rights to judicial selection and independence. Their website contains an annotated bibliography of writings on women and leadership that is useful both for those leading training programs and individuals who want to do further reading or learn about other women who have been leaders in politics like Abzug.
Institute for Women’s Leadership @ Rutgers
- IWL provides training and programs in leadership for women of all ages and occupations. Their website contains resources for women who are interested in leadership and/or politics, including the Mary Somers Foster Resource Center, an offshoot of IWL, which has a collection of online resources related to leadership.
- The Mary Somers Foster Resource Center
- Projects and Links:
- Thematic Research Guides:
- The “Conversation with American Women Leaders” Project
features interviews with women leaders of the second half of the twentieth century about leadership.
- This project can be accessed at: http://iwl.rutgers.edu/research_talking_leadership.html
Training for Change (TFC)
- Training for Change is committed to increasing capacity around the world for activist training. They deliver skills that people working for social change can use in their daily work and have helped train groups like Greenpeace U.S.A., ACT-UP, and the Affordable Housing Action Association of Ontario. TFC’s website includes tools for activists and organizers.
- Online Tools:
- Training Manuals:
The White House Project
- The White House Project is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that aims to advance women’s leadership in all communities and sectors by filling the leadership pipeline with a richly diverse, critical mass of women. Their website features useful resources and information for women interested in politics in the Untied States. The Culture and Media Section has various resources and fact sheets on women’s leadership in the U.S.
- The “Meet Women Leaders” features biographies and testimonies from women leaders in all levels of government and many different fields including community activists and religious leaders.
- Fact sheet on women’s leadership in the U.S.
- Research and polls on how women leaders are perceived by the media and voters.
The Women’s Media Center
- The Women’s Media Center was founded in 2004 to assure that women and women’s experiences are reflected in the media; that women are represented as local, national, and global sources for and subjects of the media; and that women media professionals have equal opportunities for employment and advancement. A Daily News Brief and exclusive commentaries bring a gendered analysis to breaking news, and the Resources section of the site includes “Research and Stats” as well as information on WMC programs.
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