35 Books to Read

With the aim to shift attitudes, behavior, and culture, we recommend these 35 books in support of advancing equity for women with hosted group discussions too.


Women’s Fund Presents…

Women’s Fund Presents…

The goal of this year’s event was to shift attitudes, inspire behavior, and shape culture. Held at the Pfister Hotel on Thursday, November 18, 2021, we shared information, started a discussion, and hopefully inspired action around a the topic of being a “Disruptor.”

Through the years we have celebrated the 45th Anniversary of Title IX, honored the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote, envisioned the possibilities for the year 2030, and explored what it takes to be a Game Changer.







Philanthropy is more than an act of giving; it's being a "Disruptor."

“Disruptors” are people who are changing the status quo and creating social change. They are innovative and breaking new ground. They are bold thinkers, leading by example, inspiring others, and shifting attitudes, behaviors, and culture. We celebrate Disruptors who are changing the power dynamics

We are in community experiencing collective effervescence and hope you carry it to action. We remain committed to addressing the issues at their core so women in our community realize their full potential and everyone thrives.

If this resonates with you, please use the power of your philanthropy to make a gift to support advancing equity for women.

Announcing our Grant Partners for 2021

Advancing equity for women is the focus of the Women’s Fund grant making effort. Annually between $95,000 and $125,000 provides support to between 6 and 8 area nonprofits.

We are pleased to support Ex Fabula….personal stories can address the underrepresentation and misrepresentation of historically silenced peoples. The Brave Space project creates free spaces where women from historically disenfranchised populations reflect on their identities, craft personal stories, and feel heard. Participants share stories at public StorySlams and through media pieces. This work is a critical step toward attitude and policy changes that ultimately create equal access and opportunity for all.

Celebrating "Firsts"

Being FIRST is a Milestone
We Must Celebrate

Make a gift in honor of celebrating “firsts” for women…women who blaze trails. Women who are “firsts” in newsrooms and in war rooms. Women who are “firsts” on front lines, sidelines and in the headlines. Celebrate by making a gift of any amount. All funds will support our Flash Grant program.


#RBG Memorial

Brilliant. Bold. Notorious.
Born: March 15, 1933

Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s statue was unveiled in her native Brooklyn, N.Y. The unveiling comes during Women’s History Month and just days before Ginsburg would have turned 88.

In memory of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg make a gift to demonstrate your appreciation for her life and legacy of advancing equity for women.

We must continue to crack the glass ceiling and change society for the next 35 years.

We are celebrating our 35th year and reflecting on the bold women who created this valuable community asset. We are standing on their shoulders, following roads they paved and celebrating achievements of women everywhere.

Make a gift. Honor a Milestone. Be one of the 35 people who commit to $35 for 35 months.

Donate at womensfundmke.org.

HER Scholar Profile

“You cannot deter a determined mind,” says Lynette. “This has been my calling for my entire life. I have sacrificed so much to get here. It is not a second thought.”

Read Lynette’s story of perseverance, the importance of receiving a Women’s Fund HER Scholarship, and why funding this scholarship is an investment the future. 

We are committed to activating philanthropy
to advance equity for women.

About Our Organization

Women’s and girls basic human rights are a part of every election. 

Yet the presidential debates have largely ignored the impacts of sexism and racism. These issues need to be addressed.

As the leaders of women’s and girl’s funds/foundations, gender equity funders and advocates, we call on Kristen Welker, the moderator of the final presidential debate, to put women and girls — especially women and girls of color — and the issues that most impact us front and center. Read the questions and topics here >


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Equity among people is a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world.


In Wisconsin, men are 2.5 times more likely to be in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) occupations than women.

Although the number of women in the U.S. Congress has reached an all-time high, more women need those roles. If trends continue at the current rate, women will not hold an equal share of seats until the year 2117. We can’t wait that long…