Women’s Equality Day was first designated by Congress on August 26th, 1971. If that date sounds familiar it's because it was on that day in 1920 that the 19th Amendment - which granted women the right to vote - was certified. This year it will be particularly notable, as the first woman to ever be nominated to be the presidential candidate for a major political party will be in the thick of a national campaign.
So in honor of Women's Equality Day, we wanted to highlight some amazing female-led fundraising campaigns in the CrowdRise community.
Donate your Birthday to women in Ethiopia
Mallory Brown was about to turn 30 and wanted to do something big. She decided to donate her birthday to raise money to get 30 women in Ethiopia jobs. She mobilized her community and found 30 women in America to fundraise on her behalf. It all culminated in a 24 Hour Impact fundraiser that ended up collecting over $40,000 - and got sustainable jobs for those 30 women. Just watch this video:
Run to prove a point
Distance runner Cheryl Hile was blindsided by a diagnosis of MS at the age of 32. She fell into a depression but then started running again - and felt a lot better. She started running marathons again, and then last year had an idea: she was going to become the first person with MS to run seven marathons on seven continents - in one year. She wanted to show newly diagnosed people that MS can't stop them from doing anything. So she's fundraising to make this dream a reality. Her first race is in September in Cape Town, South Africa, and every penny counts.
Help where you didn't know help was needed
Lori Gerlach just returned from a trip to Haiti. She stayed with some family friends in the village of Petit Goave, a small town about 3 hours southwest of Port Au Prince. Gertha, the woman she was staying with, took her to visit the local school. Lori was shocked. She says, "the 'building' was no more than a tin roof with holes, rigged over some wooden beams lined with plastic for 'walls.' Several of the children were not in uniform, some were even in pajamas because they can't afford the required attire." Gertha explained that even though Haitian schools require uniforms, leniency is given to those who don't have the means. But Lori learned that this doesn't take away the shame and feelings of lacking among the underprivileged kids. There are about 50 students without uniforms at the school (which cost $40 each) and Lori took it upon herself to raise money for these kids using an online fundraising page. She's raised nearly $2,000, which will be enough for all of the kids. Anything more will be donated to improve the building facilities.
How you can honor Women's Equality Day
These are just a few examples of how women are using crowdfunding for good, and absolutely crushing it. These women are so inspiring. So in honor of Women's Equality Day, why don't you get started and raise money for a women's cause that you care about? It's so easy.