When I woke up on the morning of October 5, 2017, I was celebrating the success of the
Vermont Women’s Fund’s annual celebration
held the night before. Little did I know that on the same morning, Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey would be breaking the story about Harvey Weinstein’s sexual harassment in the New York Times. (Did you know that Jodi Kantor was our featured speaker for the
Women’s Fund event in 2016
I don’t believe it is an exaggeration to say that this story has rocked the very foundations of American culture. Wave after wave of resignations and firings have followed as women (and men) finally feel safe to call out those who have abused their power and privilege in reprehensible ways. The bad news is that this has been going on for far too long. The good news is that the issue of sexual harassment is on one of the fastest tracks of culture change we have ever witnessed.
Ultimately, the outing of this behavior has tremendous benefits for all of us as we seek gender equity in the workplace on both an economic and societal level.
The Vermont Women’s Fund is proud to stand in the forefront of this movement as an organization that has long stood for women’s rights in all spheres of our society. That has been the fund’s purpose since our inception: to put philanthropic resources to work to foster positive change for women and girls, and most specifically, for economic parity.
That is exactly what we do with our annual grants, along with our funding of
Change The Story
. Given everything that has happened
in this past year alone
, it is not an understatement to say our mission is more important than ever!
As the year closes, we thank everyone who stood up for women and stood with the Women's Fund and our grantees.
Warmest holiday wishes,
Meg Smith, Director