This Chester County fund is taking a stand for local women
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Posted by: Amy Seasholtz
In the Greater Philadelphia region, we need as many women-minded funding orgs as possible, and we need them to work together.
By Julie Zeglen
Yes, women are faring a lot better these days in the leadership realm than we once were. But we still have a ways to go before we reach equal representation.
In Philadelphia, we have groups such as the Leeway Foundation, Forum for Executive Women, 100 Women Philadelphia, Impact100 and a handful of others supporting the work of local women. In nearby Chester County, there’s the Chester County Fund for Women and Girls (CCFWG).
Last month, the fund published a strongly worded rebuttal to a recent Daily Local op-ed that stated that in the county, “women at the helm is business as usual.” CCFWG’s counterargument was that, though the county does, indeed, have a female sheriff and female county commissioners, it also has only one female state legislator out of 13 and few women of color in elected leadership positions. What’s more, of 20 of the state’s members of Congress, none are female.
For newly appointed Executive Director Michelle Legaspi Sanchez, the work is personal, not only because she’s a woman who lives in Chester County.