There is no shortage of ways to celebrate and honor Women's History Month in March. You can offer your time and services, educate the next generation of feminists, or pay tribute to powerful female icons on social media. However, one of the easiest and most effective ways to support and further the fight for women's rights is through donations. This Women's History Month, consider donating to these 20 incredible women's organizations working tirelessly to make a difference for women throughout our country and the world.
No matter which feminist cause speaks to your heart, there is an organization that will resonate with you. This list encompasses programs fighting for reproductive rights, equal protection under the law, educational opportunities, political opportunities, the end of child marriage, and more. And at the end of the day, every organization on this list has one common goal: to help women, and thus ultimately help society as a whole. As Malala Yousafzai so eloquently stated in her famous UN speech, "We call upon all communities to be tolerant — to reject prejudice based on cast, creed, sect, religion or gender. To ensure freedom and equality for women so that they can flourish. We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back."
1. National Women's Law Center
The National Women's Law Center's champions different laws and policies that promote equality and opportunity for women and their families, at all stages of life. They place a special focus on protecting the women in our societies who are most vulnerable to mistreatment under the law.
2. Girls Who Code
3. National Organization For Women
The National Organization for Women (NOW) focuses on a broad range of feminist issues, from pay equality to body image to racism. NOW envisions a feminist future, and they have chapters of feminist activists across the country pursuing this ultimate vision.
4. Center For Reproductive Rights
The Center for Reproductive Rights has one philosophy: reproductive rights are fundamental human rights. They work unceasingly to influence laws that give women access to reproductive health care and total autonomy over their own reproductive rights.
5. She Should Run
There are over 500,000 elected offices in our country, and less than a third of those are held by women. In the words of She Should Run, "It's not that we don't win, it's that we don't run." This organization is dedicated to inspiring and helping women run for office through various resources and educational opportunities.
One of the smaller organizations on this list, WriteGirl has an important mission: to promote writing and self-expression as a means for empowering girls. This LA-based program provides mentors, workshops, and other educational opportunities for more than 500 girls annually.
7. Association For Women’s Rights In Development
The Association for Women's Right in Development (AWID) is a global organization that has been supporting feminist and gender justice movements for over 35 years. They aim to strengthen these movements and amplify female voices, envisioning a world "where feminist realities flourish." Rather than donating, you can sign up to become a member for a flat annual fee that gives you access to a network of women around the world, quarterly newsletters, and more. (Pssst... if your income is less than $10,000 annually, membership is actually free.)
8. Nobel Women's Initiative
The Nobel Women's Initiative shines a spotlight on women's movements and organizations around the world. Established in 2006, "The Nobel Women’s Initiative uses the prestige of the Nobel Peace Prize and six courageous women peace laureates... to magnify the power and visibility of women working in countries around the world for peace, justice and equality."
9. Dress For Success Worldwide
The mission of Dress for Success is economic independence for women everywhere, and they pursue this mission in a variety of ways. While many are familiar with their practice of supplying professional attire to women in need, the organization also provides support and development tools for women pursuing professional opportunities.
RAINN, or The Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network, is the largest national organization dedicated to eradicating sexual violence. RAINN runs the National Sexual Assault Hotline and carries out various programs to prevent sexual violence, provide support for survivors, and seek justice.
11. Girls Not Brides
Every single year, 12 million girls under the age of 18 are married. The mission of Girls Not Brides is to end this horrifying occurrence, allowing young girls and women to create the life she truly wants. Support this global partnership by donating to a Girls Not Brides member working to end child marriage once and for all.
12. Black Women's Health Imperative
CAMFED stands for The Campaign for Female Education, an international organization helping marginalized girls throughout the world receive an education and have the opportunity to succeed. Your donations help dismantle barriers to education in sub-Saharan Africa, allowing disadvantaged young women in attend primary and secondary school.
UltraViolet is "a powerful and rapidly growing community of people mobilized to fight sexism and create a more inclusive world." This national organization shines a spotlight on today's most urgent issues, from violence against women to economic and racial inequality, and engages communities to respond.
15. Planned Parenthood
Planned Parenthood is constantly under attack, and right now our support is more critical than ever. This organization has provided reproductive health care with "no ceilings, no limits" for over 100 years, giving women the care and the knowledge they need to be healthy and autonomous with their bodies.
16. Room To Read
Room to Read is dedicated to bettering the lives of children in low-income communities through its focus on gender equality in education. This organization collaborates with communities across the world to help children develop their literacy skills, with a particular focus on helping girls complete secondary school.
17. Days For Girls
Every day, girls across the world miss school because of limited or no access to menstrual care solutions. Days for Girls distributes the Days for Girls Kit, which provides girls with items like menstrual cups, washcloths, shields, liners, and soaps, as well as increases education on the subject of menstrual and reproductive health.
Catalyst knows that the future is female, and this organization is helping get us there. Catalyst focuses on workplace inclusion, working with CEOs and other company leaders across the globe to create "workplaces that work for women."
19. Women For Women International
Women for Women International knows that women have endless potential and strength. Since its creation in 1993, the organization has helped over 478,000 women in war-torn and conflict-ridden countries by teaching vocational and life skills, educating them about their legal rights, as well as providing a monthly stipend.
20. The Malala Fund
The Malala Fund, founded by Malala and Ziauddin Yousafzai in 2013, was created to "champion every girl's right to 12 years of free, safe, quality education." The organization pursues this goal by investing in educators around the world, advocating for policy changes, and sharing stories from girls themselves.