Women's Foundation Statement on Missouri Special Elections

KANSAS CITY, MO – Today, Wendy Doyle, President and CEO of Women's Foundation, released a statement in response to Missouri's recent special elections:

"Women's Foundation was pleased to see two women win both legislative special elections on Tuesday in Missouri. Despite making up about 51% of the population, women are still underrepresented in elected office in Missouri and will now make up only 23% of the General Assembly.  We were glad to see that women were three out of four candidates, and that two more women will join the ranks of women holding public office in Jefferson City. Congratulations Senator-elect Sandy Crawford and Representative-elect Sara Walsh. We look forward to working with you."

Women's Foundation Statement on State Auditor Nicole Galloway's Findings on Missouri's Boards and Commissions

Wendy Doyle, President and CEO of Women's Foundation, issued the following statement in response to Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway's audit report released Monday that stated that approximately 1,130 board positions (70%) were waiting to be filled by the governor, either due to a vacancy or because of an expired term, at the end of the previous administration.

Girls Leadership spotlight:  Hannah Motley awarded the Presidential Scholar Award

For 18 years, Women’s Foundation has hosted the Girls Leadership program. It’s a free year-long program that addresses a critical need to cultivate the next generation of women leaders. Our students leave the program with demonstrated leadership skills and community service like  graduating Blue Valley North senior Hannah Motley who was recently featured in the Kansas City Star for her academic success.

Jennifer Spaw Appointed to Kansas City Municipal Arts Commission


Women’s Foundation is proud to announce the appointment of Jennifer Spaw to the Kansas City Municipal Arts Commission. Spaw was appointed by Kansas City Mayor Sly James, who has partnered with Women’s Foundation’s Appointments Project through his Women’s Empowerment Initiative (WE) in order to address the gender gap in city leadership positions.

Women’s Foundation Announces 2017 Girls Leadership Class

Today Women’s Foundation announced the acceptance of 64 high school students into its Girls Leadership program. This sets a new record for the largest leadership class, beating last year’s number of 61 students. The Girls Leadership Program is a free, year-long program for high school girls who are interested in developing leadership skills and understanding the importance of philanthropy in their communities and beyond.  Meet the new members:

Women's Foundation Announces 2017 Grant Recipients

Kansas City, MO – Today, Women’s Foundation announced its strategic investments by way of it 2017 grant recipients.  These grants support organizations that offer solutions based on Women’s Foundation’s Status of Women in Missouri and Status of Women in Kansas research studies, particularly as related to economic empowerment. The key indicators of those studies include employment and income, education and childcare, social and economic status, leadership and public engagement, and health. Women’s Foundation looks forward to collaborating with these organizations to improve the lives of women of all ages in Kansas and Missouri. 

Women’s Foundation and Helen Jon Announce Partnership Starting with "Shop for a Cause" July Campaign

Ten Percent of Proceeds Will Benefit Appointments Project

Kansas City, MO -- Today, Women’s Foundation and Helen Jon announced the beginning of a strategic partnership between the two organizations.  The partnership will kick off with a "Shop for a Cause,” campaign next week with Helen Jon donating 10% of its web sales to the Women’s Foundation's Appointments Project for the entire month of July.  The Appointments Project promotes women into public leadership positions.