Women’s Foundation Announces Linda Hanson as New Board Chair

KANSAS CITY, MO -- Today, Women’s Foundation announced Linda Hanson as Women’s Foundation’s new Board Chair. She will be taking the place of outgoing Chair Sherri Wattenbarger, who provided thoughtful leadership on the Women’s Foundation Board during her two-year term.
“For years, Linda Hanson has supported Women's Foundation through her time and talents," said Wendy Doyle, Women’s Foundation President & CEO. "We are grateful for Linda’s dedication to improving the lives of women, and are thrilled that she will serve as our next Board Chair."
"It's a privilege to be able to serve the Women's Foundation. The Foundation's work to uplift and inspire women to serve on boards and commissions through the Appointments Project is something about which I'm very passionate. I look forward to supporting and growing this work," said Linda Hanson. "When women serve, they have the opportunity to make a difference in their communities.  They also have the ability to empower women economically by removing the obstacles that stand in their way."

Linda Hanson has served on the Women’s Foundation Board of Directors for three years. She is the Vice Chairman for Enterprise Bank & Trust in Kansas City.  Linda has gained more than 30 years of experience and leadership while growing the company's Kansas City presence from one location to eleven locations with $950 million in assets.
In addition to her work with Enterprise Bank & Trust, Linda plays an active role in the community. She has served on various boards and participated in many community outreaches in Kansas City. Linda has also been recognized by the Kansas City Business Journal as one of its "Women Who Mean Business.” She is a past recipient of the Kansas City Up and Comers Award and was most recently honored by Ingram’s as a “weKC honoree” and KCB Magazine as one of its “50 Most Influential Women.”

Heather Hardinger and Brittany O’Brien appointed to the Mayor's Commission  for Human Rights & Community Relations

Women’s Foundation and ROSIE are proud to announce the appointments of Heather Hardinger and Brittany O’Brien to the City of Springfield's Mayor's Commission for Human Rights & Community Relations. Hardinger and O’Brien were appointed by Mayor Ken McClure who has expressed great interest in seeing increased civic engagement from women and young professionals.

Statement on Election of Lyda Krewson as First Woman Mayor of St. Louis

"We are delighted to offer our congratulations to Lyda Krewson for being elected the first woman mayor of St. Louis City.  It took nearly 200 years, but history was made last night and the glass ceiling in St. Louis was broken, paving the way for more women mayors to come.  We offer our support to Mayor-elect Krewson and wish her the best as she takes the helm of city government.

We’d also like to thank Mayor Francis Slay for his partnership in the Women's Foundation Appointments Project, helping promote more women to city boards and commissions."

Actions Speak Louder than Words

Today, Equal Pay Day, is a symbolic day to recognize how far into the year a woman needs to work just to make the same amount a man made last year.

Women’s Foundation believes equal pay is imperative for economic empowerment, and is committed to closing the gender pay gap for women and their families. To achieve this goal, Women’s Foundation developed Pay Equity Best Practices Guidelines to encourage organizations to do their part in closing the pay gap.

Missouri is Making History with Paid Family Leave Policies

During Women's History Month, there is no better way to celebrate the women who have come before us than to actually make progress towards equality.

That's why it's been an exciting few weeks for those of us who work to advance policy solutions, such as paid family leave, that economically empower women.  

Women’s Foundation research shows that paid family leave policies strengthen families, reduce reliance on government assistance and support economic growth. It's good for women, their families and employers.

Statement from Women's Foundation on Governor Eric Greitens' executive order on paid parental leave

KANSAS CITY, MO -- Wendy Doyle, President & CEO of Women’s Foundation, released the following statement today regarding Governor Eric Greitens’ executive order on paid parental leave: 

“We are very pleased that Governor Greitens has taken executive action to provide state employees with paid parental leave and make Missouri a national leader in advancing family-friendly policies for its state workforce. Women’s Foundation research shows that paid family leave policies strengthen families, reduce reliance on government assistance and support economic growth.

At Women’s Foundation, we are dedicated to ending the false choice between work and family. Missourians value both. We applaud Governor Greitens for his leadership on this issue.”