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Women Moving Millions

October 25, 2016 Jacki Zehner and Helen LaKelly Hunt at Women Moving MIllions

"I can promise you that women working together – linked, informed and educated- can bring peace and prosperity to this forsaken planet."    – Isabel Allende

by Cari Stein, TTC Executive Producer

Women working together accomplish great things.  That truth is embodied in Women Moving Millions, a group of 265 philanthropists, ALMOST exclusively female but including some men too. Individually and collectively they are taking on some of the most difficult challenges facing women and girls internationally and the United States.  Issues like child brides, refugees, education, pornography, sexual assault and harassment, gender equity just to name a few.

Women and Philanthropy was a topic, To the Contrary tackled 17 years ago (watch at 8:44)  at a time when there was scant attention to a slowly emerging trend. We interviewed female donors and women who ran women’s funds, a relatively new phenomenon at the time.  Our TTC survey found Americans didn’t know women controlled a slight bit more (51.3%) of the wealth in the country and they were starting to flex their philanthropic muscle.  

What a difference 17 years can make.  I recently secured a front row seat to a conference of visionary women committed to big, bold, impact driven giving to women and girls.  It was the Women Moving Millions Summit in San Francisco. Journalists don’t normally get an invitation to the summit. Perhaps it’s due to cultural norms that make women uncomfortable with bragging or seeking accolades for their philanthropic work. The charitable work they do is not about having their names on buildings, although in the words of Jerry Seinfeld, “not that there’s anything wrong with that.”  It just isn’t what these women seek to accomplish with their money.  Or maybe they worry the publicity would result in a deluge of unsolicited asks.  But in light of the great needs women and girls have today and a consciousness that stepping up and being visible about their gifts is inspiring to others, WMM opened its doors so I could get a peek into the world of Women Moving Millions.  

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Presidential and Down-ballot Races, Obamacare Premiums & Good Girls Revolt

October 25, 2016

This week on To The Contrary with Bonnie Erbe, our panelists discuss the Senate and presidential races, Obamacare premiums, and the new show Good Girls Revolt.

On the panel this week joining host Bonnie Erbe is President and Founder of The Republican Muslim Coalition Saba Ahmed; Del., Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); The Washington Examiner’s Ashe Schow; and President Emeritus of the Young Democrats of America, Atima Omara.

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Over The Hills And A Great Way Off

October 25, 2016

By Sallie Bingham:

In the midst of the confusion and chaos of this presidential race (fortunately, it seems to be clearing), I’m comforted by my daily walk to the pond.

Pip always goes with me and waits patiently while I sit on the Poets’ Bench, halfway along the rough trail. The bench is a rough-hewn creation for two, although no one else has ever sat there with me. I keep a sun-worn red bag there, with a small collection of Emily Dickinson’s poems in it. I try every day to memorize a few more lines.

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Early Voting Impacts Election; Debbie Allen's "Freeze Frame"

October 21, 2016

This week on To The Contrary with Bonnie Erbe, our panelists discuss early voting patterns among men and women and Debbie Allen’s theatrical narrative: Freeze Frame.

On the panel this week joining host Bonnie Erbe is Representative Donna Edwards (D-MD), President and Founder of The Republican Muslim Coalition Saba Ahmed,  Civil Rights Lawyer Jenifer Rajkumar, and Senior Fellow at the Independent Women’s Voice Julie Gunlock.

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Standing with Standing Rock – Update

October 19, 2016

By Sallie Bingham

An auction to benefit the tribes gathered at Standing Rock—also called Sacred Rock—may not have raised a lot of cash, but it did help us in the audience to have a clearer sense of what is happening.

As they continue to protect the waters of the Missouri River, and ultimately, of the Mississippi, into which it flows, the people at Standing Rock are no longer permitted to leave the encampment to go and offer prayers where the digging for the pipeline is continuing, nearby.

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To The Contrary Host: Bonnie Erbé

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