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Economic Empowerment

Walk the Line: The Shoes That Fight Poverty

To The Market | Posted 03.10.2015 | Impact
To The Market

What if a pair of shoes could help prevent gang violence? Or, more specifically, give someone the opportunity to take an alternative path?

Lincoln Already Knew Everybody Should Bank

Jean-Michel Giraud | Posted 03.10.2015 | DC
Jean-Michel Giraud

It's always important to look back at history and learn from it. Operation Hope and the Afro-American Historical Society of the National Archives did just that last week as they celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Freedman's Bank, linking a banking legacy to the future.

Alive for Her Family: A Survivor's Story

To The Market | Posted 02.25.2015 | Impact
To The Market

Nepal is a country not only brimming with color and life but also with opportunity. It is in the small town of Pokhara where the Women's Skill Development Organization (WSDO) thrives.

Local Solutions: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 02.25.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Two years ago, The Pollination Project started a daily giving practice, making daily $1000 grants to social change visionaries around the world. Since we started, 50 individuals and families have joined us, each giving $1 or more a day to support grantees in 55 countries. Here are the extraordinary people we supported this week.

"Achieving The American Dream Is Hard": How One Nonprofit Is Helping Underserved Women "Move Up"

Ravishly | Posted 02.10.2015 | San Francisco
Ravishly

As most millennials can attest, the job market is rough. Attempting to navigate it is, at best, an enervating challenge. And that's for Americans who speak the language and understand the job searching tools at their disposal.

5 Peaceful Ways to Protest Police Brutality in 2015 and Beyond

Ama Yawson | Posted 03.16.2015 | Black Voices
Ama Yawson

For many of us, 2014 was an emotionally devastating year because of the seemingly continuous news stories of unarmed citizens falling victim to lethal police brutality. Many of us protested in 2014 and yet have not yet seen the change that wanted. So what are we going to do about it?

The Idea Revolution: How Youth of Color Will Build Our Future

Brandon Hill | Posted 03.09.2015 | Impact
Brandon Hill

What if I told you that the cure for cancer will come from the mind of a Hispanic girl in South Central Los Angeles? Or that the invention that will replace the Internet will come from the imagination of a Black boy from Harlem?

Sewing The Fabric Of New Lives, One Stitch At A Time

To The Market | Posted 02.18.2015 | Impact
To The Market

ver 60,000 women work in more than 22 Red Light Districts in Kolkata, India, alone. Sarah and Kristin wanted to create an alternative for Pinkie, and for all of the women wanting to leave or were vulnerable to the sex industry.

Ferguson: Where Do We Go From Here?

Andrea L. Zopp | Posted 01.29.2015 | Chicago
Andrea L. Zopp

What has happened in Ferguson can either move us forward or push us back. Most of its residents are reasonable, peaceful people who want change. But right now, the fact is whatever happens in Ferguson affects black people everywhere as it relates to this singular issue of deadly police force.

Three Nassau County, NY Legislators Kick-Off Initiative to Empower Local Small Businesses

Cecilia T. Capers | Posted 12.29.2014 | Black Voices
Cecilia T. Capers

At the forefront of this initiative is second term Nassau County Legislator Carrié Solages and his Democratic Minority Caucus colleagues, Legislators Kevan Abrahams and Siela Bynoe.

Pathways to Power for Girls Worldwide

Jennifer Buffett | Posted 12.07.2014 | Impact
Jennifer Buffett

We've seen what is most difficult to measure and most fundamental to change: the power a girl holds within herself. That power burns bright in amazingly brave girls as they challenge convention and open whole new horizons of change.

Shining Hope for Communities: Furthering Economic Opportunity for Women

Megan Foo | Posted 12.06.2014 | Teen
Megan Foo

In addition to fortifying women with more choices and freedoms in areas like education, healthcare and nutrition, I think that one of the most powerful ways to expedite "a better future for all" is to give women greater economic freedom and opportunities.

Pacific Women Vendors Lead Change

UN Women | Posted 11.03.2014 | World
UN Women

The goal is to create accessible, inclusive and representative governance structures that will help markets thrive, while strengthening the role and influence of women vendors.

Debunking Common Myths Surrounding Domestic Violence

Dr. Ludy Green | Posted 10.21.2014 | Impact
Dr. Ludy Green

The public health issue of domestic violence is plagued by its invisibility and misperceptions at the societal level. These two factors combined profoundly impact society's response to both the problem of domestic violence and the victims.

Three Ways For You To Stay Competitive In The New Economy

Leila Chirayath Janah | Posted 08.12.2014 | Impact
Leila Chirayath Janah

Landing a 9-to-5 job with a pension is harder today than ever. In order to thrive in the 21st century, you have to be a savvy citizen of the digital economy or risk being left behind.

Black and Brown America -- Here Comes the Memo

John Hope Bryant | Posted 08.03.2014 | Black Voices
John Hope Bryant

It's time for black and brown America to get their copy of what I call The Memo. It's so straight forward, you can decide to ignore this article ...

Women's Networks Transform Lives

Lauren Supina | Posted 07.28.2014 | Business
Lauren Supina

We all know that when women are able to meet, they network and share their experience, their wisdom and their resources. The results are telling too.

How Learning To Use An ATM is Changing Lives in India

Heather Franzese | Posted 07.13.2014 | Impact
Heather Franzese

Do you remember the first time you used an ATM? Probably not. It's one of those everyday conveniences we take for granted.

Inspire Change, Invest in Women

Afshan Khan | Posted 05.08.2014 | Impact
Afshan Khan

How can you pay it forward this year on International Women's Day is a question we ask ourselves as we join millions around the world to celebrate the courage, resilience and dignity of women who inspire change after surviving war and conflict.

Open-Source Capitalism and the HOPE Global Financial Dignity Summit

John Hope Bryant | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business
John Hope Bryant

The real vision, mission and purpose for the 2nd annual HOPE Global Financial Dignity Summit was actually quite simple -- to break the traditional cyc...

The Real Arab Spring Is About Women and Economic Development

Dr. Nasser H. Saidi | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Dr. Nasser H. Saidi

Despite much improvement in women's status over the last few decades, women still own only 1 percent of the world's wealth, earn only a 10 percent share of global income, and occupy just 14 percent of leadership positions in the private and public sector, despite making up more than half of the world's population.

Sri Lanka : Advancing Gender Equality with Carefully Calculated Strategies

Ambassador Dr. Palitha T.B. Kohona | Posted 11.25.2013 | Impact
Ambassador Dr. Palitha T.B. Kohona

While the many accomplishments of women and girls, so far, need to be celebrated, it is also necessary to persist with addressing the many remaining challenges, both in developed and in developing countries. Inequality in opportunity for women and girls persists, even in parts of the world which are considered to be developed.

The Crucial Role of Women in Business in Latin America

Adele Gulfo | Posted 10.19.2013 | Business
Adele Gulfo

The great strides made by women in Latin America and around the world are undeniable but there is still much to be done. Given the progress today, it's exciting to think about the potential advancements and successes of women, and the resulting impact on economic growth.

From Wall Street to Kathmandu and Beyond

Sharon Davis | Posted 08.06.2013 | Impact
Sharon Davis

It's been seven years since I left Wall Street to become an architectural designer which has been one of the most impactful decisions of my life.

The Importance of Ensuring Older Adult Financial Security

John Taylor | Posted 07.29.2013 | Politics
John Taylor

After the irresponsible lending and nefarious practices that led to the crash of the economy and the housing crisis, it is the moral responsibility of financial institutions and regulators to right the ship and do right by older adults, and indeed by all consumers.