Alverno College 

Report of Women in Public Life in Wisconsin 

Honoring the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment which guaranteed women the right to vote, Research Center for Women and Girls at Alverno College, in collaboration with the Wisconsin Women’s Council, will reprise its 1970 Women in Public Life in Wisconsin report. This non-partisan study analyzes existing and emerging pipelines for Wisconsin women in elected office, assessing how far we have come, illuminating new understandings, and strengthening strategies and systems that support/develop women office holders.

A survey will be distributed to elected officials in Wisconsin.  Findings will be published, followed by a state-wide educational campaign to disseminate results for broad impact in 2020.  

The Benedict Center

The Sister’s Diversion Project

The Sister’s Diversion Project is a multi-year project designed to create, maintain and expand policies and practices that decriminalize prostitution and offer women treatment alternatives to incarceration so they can begin the journey to safer and healthier lives. The project is designed to create policy shifts that change the way Milwaukee addresses the issue of street prostitution.

As a result of funding from the Women’s Fund, the Benedict Center’s Sister’s Diversion Project is able to sustain and leverage funding for the program by receiving a two-year policy change grant from the Medical College of Wisconsin to focus on creating a city-wide prostitution diversion program. This has allowed us to significantly increase capacity to work on this social change project.

Cathedral Center
Independence Program:  Retention Project

Three years into formal programming, Cathedral Center’s Women’s Independence Program (WIP) is making tremendous strides helping women considered an unemployable return to the workforce and increase employment income. Through this Project, women gain financial stability and self-sufficiency which helps them realize their full potential and find their way out of poverty while employers gain loyal employees. The WIP coordinator collects data and conducts best practice research; provide follow-up support for clients and employers; educate clients about employer expectations; and help them advocate for themselves, while they readjust to the world of work.

Girl Scouts of Wisconsin, Southeast 

Pathway to Leadership

Pathway to Leadership addresses barriers to leadership by providing scholarships for personal expenses involved in starting a troop and additional leadership development eliminating any skill gaps that would hinder a new leader. Each day at Girl Scouts SE Wisconsin is contacted by women looking for leadership opportunities for their girls, but too often don’t see themselves in a leadership role. Unfortunately, perceived lack of skills and the inherent costs of volunteering creates inequity and prove to be overwhelming.  This program creates equity of opportunity in becoming an empowered Leader.

HIR Wellness Center

Inter-generational Programming for Native American Girls and Women

In these sessions girls participate in talking circles to share their insights on the themes and prevention issues, create mind maps, and participate in special projects such as service work, learning traditional skills and crafts, participating in and learning how to plan cultural activities and community events. This group of girls helps plan the 2018 Red Sand Project for human trafficking awareness.

LOTUS Legal Clinic

Legal Advocacy for Campus Sexual Assault Survivors

LOTUS trains pro-bono attorneys in Wisconsin for two necessary roles; 1) to provide free legal representation through LOTUS to female survivors of campus sexual assault, and 2) to be public policy advocates and ambassadors surrounding the broader issues that contribute to misogyny and widespread acceptance of sexual violence against young women. Collaboration with University campuses, including Title IX coordinators and Gender and Sexuality Resources Centers is a planned component of this work. Outreach to campuses in the greater Milwaukee four-county area will ensure that administration and students are aware of the ability to seek free legal counsel outside of the University system for all women victims of sexual assault.

Neighborhood House of Milwaukee

Women 2 Woman

Woman 2 Woman (W2W) is an innovative adult-teen mentoring and education program designed to empower marginalized young women of color in Milwaukee to address gender and family violence in their own lives by pairing them with caring adult female mentors (family and/or community members) trained to provide support and to facilitate education and activities that examine the root causes of domestic violence, promote healthy relationships, build leadership skills and, ultimately, shift cultural thinking. All participants are low-income women and teens who have experienced some form of domestic violence. We anticipate that W2W will serve 10 mentors and 30 teen mentees.

St. Joan Antida High School

SJA Skilled Trades Education Program

The Skilled Trades Education Program (STEP) is a brand-new initiative that would launch next school year (2019-20) at St. Joan Antida High School (SJA). STEP would partner SJA with MATC and local companies such as Pieper Electric who would provide students with training opportunities in a selected trade. We would create a dual-enrollment agreement so that students enrolled in the program would attend MATC to receive the necessary credit hours for the skilled trade program of their choice. A major component of the program will include a career exploratory track for girls to be introduced to the skilled trades.

Why It Matters

Women in Wisconsin only earn 78.3 cents for every dollar their male counterpart earns. Without improved economic empowerment and change, it may take until 2058 for women to catch up.