The Next Generation of Female Leaders and Other Organizations Empowering Women

From improving the literacy rate across Africa to raising the awareness of sexual exploitation right here in the United States, these organizations are helping empower women globally. Learn how you can become a global game changer and get involved.

She’s the First

Tammy Tibbetts is the founder and president and Christen Brandt is the director of international operations at She’s the First, which inspires and guides youth across America to creatively fund raise for girls’ education sponsorships in developing countries, giving them the chance to become the first in their families to graduate from high school.

Yehri Wi Cry

nadia_300Nadia Sasso is the co-founder and co-Vice President at Yehri Wi Cry, which works to enhance the quality of life for women and children in Sierra Leone, West Africa. The birthing kits and incentive packages they provide improve childbirth in facilities where the quality of care is inadequate.

Room to Read

Room to Read envisions a world in which all children can pursue a quality education, reach their full potential and contribute to their community and the world. To achieve this goal, Room to Read focuses on two areas where they believe they can have the greatest impact: literacy and gender equality in education. Room to Read works in collaboration with communities and local governments across Asia and Africa to develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and support girls to complete secondary school with the life skills they’ll need to succeed in school and beyond.


GEMS provides a spectrum of continuous and comprehensive services to address the needs of commercially and sexually exploited girls and young women.

Girl Up

Girl Up is an innovative campaign of the United Nations Foundation. Girl Up gives American girls the opportunity to become global leaders and channel their energy and compassion to raise awareness and funds for United Nations programs that help some of the world’s hardest-to-reach adolescent girls.


CARE works in 84 countries around the world, supporting 997 poverty-fighting development and humanitarian aid projects to reach more than 83 million people. They not only feeds the hungry, but also help tackle underlying causes of poverty so that people can become self-sufficient. Recognizing that women and children suffer disproportionately from poverty, CARE places special emphasis on working with women to create permanent social change.

Society of Women Engineers

Since its founding, SWE has focused its efforts on introducing young women to careers in engineering, demonstrating to employers and the public the critical role women engineers play in creative teams, and providing support to women engineers as they advance in their careers.

The Society for Girls

The Society for Girls, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to empower girls to be smart, resourceful, and confident; by engaging them in their communities, building their self-esteem, and encouraging them to make a positive mark on the world. The Society for Girls, Inc. has created programming that will target the issues that many middle school aged girls go through as they are in a transitional period of their lives. The programs are designed to educate the girls in financial literacy, civic engagement, media literacy, self-esteem, physical fitness, and sexual education.

Girls Inc.

Girls Inc develops research-based informal education programs that encourage girls to take risks and master physical, intellectual and emotional challenges. Major programs address math and science education, pregnancy and drug abuse prevention, media literacy, economic literacy, adolescent health, violence prevention, and sports participation.

Bethany House

Bethany House is a group of warm, loving residences for women and children who are homeless. Established in 1978 by the Dominican Sisters of Amityville, Bethany House has grown over these past years to become a fully incorporated non-profit organization consisting of four homelike residences for homeless families, particularly families with special needs, and a spacious four-unit apartment building to provide longer-term housing for families moving back into the mainstream after a period of homelessness.


BLACK GIRLS ROCK! INC.’s mission is to encourage positive, life-changing activity and critical thinking through the arts for “at risk” teenage women of color to help foster their dreams of a better tomorrow without comprising their integrity and self-worth today.


Petals-N-Belles provides girls, teens and young ladies with the opportunity to become part of a network that not only encourages, but requires them to ask questions and voice their own individuals concerns and opinions.

Women for Women

Women for Women International works with socially excluded women in eight countries where war and conflict have devastated lives and communities.

Becky’s Fund

Becky’s Fund strives to address domestic violence in all sectors of our community, establish prevention-based educational programs to counter domestic violence, and collaborate with others in the community to find ways to change the behavior and thinking behind issues that cause and perpetuate domestic violence.

Futures Without Violence

From domestic and dating violence, to child abuse and sexual assault, Futures Without Violence works to end some of the most pressing global issues of our time.

The United Nations Foundation

The United Nations Foundation links the UN’s work with others around the world, mobilizing the energy and expertise of business and non-governmental organizations to help the UN tackle issues including climate change, global health, peace and security, women’s empowerment, poverty eradication, energy access, and U.S.-UN relations.

UN Women

The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system, which focused exclusively on gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Every Mother Counts

Every Mother Counts is a campaign to end preventable deaths caused by pregnancy and childbirth around the world. Every Mother Counts informs, engages, and mobilizes new audiences to take action to improve the health and well-being of girls and women worldwide.

Global Goods Partners

Global Goods Partners is a nonprofit organization that sells handmade, fair trade products in order to improve the economic status of women in marginalized communities around the world. Global Goods Partners works with nearly 40 artisan groups which collectively employ over 3,000 women in close to 20 countries. Their online store offers socially-conscious consumers a direct connection to artisan partners that are changing women’s lives by helping them to build sustainable livelihoods.


Shoe4Africa is a non-profit organization with a focus on health and education in Kenya. They donate shoes to communities in Africa in addition to building schools to educated communities. They are currently building East Africa’s first public children’s hospital.

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