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Donna P. Hall
Donna P. Hall is President and CEO of the Women Donors Network (WDN), where she has served since 2002. Leveraging her two decades of leadership in the public, private, academic, nonprofit and philanthropic sectors, Donna has transformed WDN into a powerful catalyst for social change and a community with a purpose – providing opportunities for personal transformation and leadership that are directly connected to making change in the world. WDN helps donors become movement-builders, igniting change through a powerful formula that combines committed women philanthropists, opportunities for personal funder-grantee connections programs that engage and enrich, and nimble, strategic grant-making.

Entries by Donna P. Hall

American Elections and the Myth of Meritocracy

(2) Comments | Posted November 10, 2015 | 5:11 PM

Did you feel the earth spin off its axis last week? In the eyes of some, Canada's newly minted prime minister, Justin Trudeau, breached the laws of nature when he named 15 women to serve on a cabinet of 30, making good on his campaign promise of a parity cabinet....

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America Is Not Represented at the Ballot Box

(0) Comments | Posted November 3, 2015 | 12:14 PM

"Don't they know what they look like?!" a friend texted me during the Benghazi hearings, wondering how Trey Gowdy & Co. could imagine that a bunch of snarling men piling on one calm, collected woman would work in their favor. But that same comment also applies to new data from...

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Five Problems With the $10 Bill Quiz

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2015 | 12:53 PM

"The Addams family has been shorted in the currency business," proclaimed Chris Christie, who was last to name an American woman that he would celebrate on the $10 bill in last week's primary debate. For a moment, I was hopeful that he was going with Morticia. But alas,...

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Beyond the Punditry, an Optimistic View Into the Future of Reflective Democracy

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2015 | 4:19 PM

Is it just me? Or does it seem like political pundits are like holiday decorations, promoting their political predictions earlier and earlier during and every election cycle. We're not even half way through 2015, and already, pundits are offering up predictions of the Senate seats that will switch parties, the...

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Take the Racial Justice Pledge

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2015 | 6:04 PM

The tragedy of lethal police violence against unarmed black men and women has become all too common. The streets of Baltimore scream with outrage over the death of Freddie Gray. Just two weeks ago, we mourned the death of Walter Scott in North Charleston, South Carolina. Did the death of...

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Happy Mother's Day to the Lowest-Paid Workers in America

(4) Comments | Posted May 8, 2014 | 2:15 PM

This Sunday, as we offer praise and gratitude to our mothers, I want to suggest that we acknowledge the millions of mothers earning minimum wage who struggle every day just to provide basic necessities for their families. For these mothers, I would bet that brunch and flowers are low on...

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Why Raising the Minimum Wage is the Most Important Women's Issue of 2014

(1) Comments | Posted May 1, 2014 | 10:04 AM

With the mid-term elections still months away, I am bracing myself for another round of attacks on women, whether they are deliberate attempts to restrict access to contraception, or gaffes about "legitimate rape." Across the country, conservatives are generating momentum to establish fetal "personhood," create convoluted restrictions on abortion providers,...

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We're Minding the Gap, But How Do We Close It?

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 3:28 PM

The lack of female leadership in the United States is a painfully familiar topic for us at the Women Donors Network. In my post Mind the Leadership Gap, I wanted to celebrate the tremendous progress women have made during the last century, but in reality I had to...

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Mind the Leadership Gap: Lessons From Women's Suffrage

(1) Comments | Posted August 23, 2013 | 9:01 AM

August 26, 2013, marks the 93rd anniversary of the historic day on which women in the U.S. finally earned the right to vote. We should marvel at the struggle for voting rights that began in 1848, and didn't end until 1920. American women fought in ways that were unheard of...

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More Women in U.S. Senate Puts Sexual Assault in Military Front and Center

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2013 | 10:44 AM

For years, sexual assault in the military has remained a shameful and all-too-common secret. But thanks to the extraordinary women now in the U.S. Senate, it has finally been brought to the forefront of American political consciousness. Surprisingly, and unlike most issues debated in Congress, eradicating sexual assault in the...

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Supreme Court Hearings Show Power of Women's Leadership

(5) Comments | Posted April 5, 2013 | 3:03 PM

Although we will not know the outcome of the Supreme Court hearings on Prop 8 and DOMA until a ruling is issued in June, there is no question that the hearings themselves were historical. In presenting their case for marriage equality, proponents forced the Court to confront the central question...

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When Women Speak Up, the Misogyny Comes Out

(1) Comments | Posted March 8, 2013 | 3:56 PM

When Women Donors Network decided to focus our energy and resources on elevating women's political and cultural leadership in the form of a new initiative, Women United For, we took a deep breath as we chose gun violence prevention as our first campaign. We knew that...

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Gun Violence and Women: Moving Beyond the Headlines

(34) Comments | Posted February 10, 2013 | 3:46 PM

From grieving mothers to heroic teachers, women have been front and center in the national debate on gun violence prevention. In the aftermath of the Newtown tragedy, leaders like former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and Senator Dianne Feinstein became for many the face of the movement to advocate for gun policy...

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