What would you do with $100 million to change the world? The MacArthur Foundation recently announced a $100 million grant challenge to an organization with the best meaningful (and feasible) proposal to tackle a major social challenge. The New York Times solicited suggestions from a number of leading minds, and one resonated with us: Anne Oliveira of the New York Women's Foundation, arguing that it should Support Women to Help Communities.
"Women's economic wellbeing is inextricably linked to their health (including their sexual and reproductive freedom), their participation in the workforce, and their ability to raise and support families. There are intergenerational benefits to increasing women's earnings and economic independence, including a decrease in maternal mortality and in cycles of violence. There is an important ripple effect in communities where women have access to the resources to lift themselves up." Read more here.