Marquette athlete, Nicki Barnes, shares Title IX experience

“Being an athlete prepared me for the workforce” Today, women are able to benefit from Title IX, signed into law, 45 years ago. Title IX is a law banning sex discrimination in publicly funded institutions, giving female students access to play sports, a privilege their male counterparts have always been able to take advantage of. For some, this means a great way to stay in shape and have fun after school, but for many women, like Nicki Barnes, Title IX also meant access to higher education and a world of opportunities that if she were alive 45 years ago, she would not have had the opportunity to pursue. Nicki Barnes was destined to become an athlete, just like her mother. Growing up, Barnes saw her mother participate in many sports, an opportunity that was not afforded to women for generations before her. Barnes shared her mother’s passion for sports and soon was off to represent Marquette University on their NCAA Division I women’s volleyball team. “With Title IX, women are able to get involved with sports based on merit, not gender,” said Barnes. “More importantly, Title IX provides an opportunity for women who excel in athletics to pursue higher education through sports scholarships.” Barnes recently graduated with a double major in finance and information technology from Marquette University College of Business Administration. She played four seasons of NCAA Division I volleyball, with Big East Conference Tournament and NCAA Tournament appearances each of the four years. Needless to say, sports played a huge role in Barnes’s experience with higher education, and she believes it has also impacted her career. While...

Amanda Braun – Refusing To Sit On The Sidelines

One Woman’s Journey To Becoming Athletic Director Amanda Braun was celebrating her first birthday when congress proposed a final draft of Title IX, a law banning sex discrimination in publicly-funded athletic programs and creating equal access to sports for women. Throughout her childhood, she never realized the impact that this law would have on her life. Growing up, Braun created some of her best memories playing basketball in the park with her brothers and neighborhood friends. Her first organized sport was little league softball. Soon she tried other sports and quickly excelled in basketball. Without much thought of how Title IX allowed her to pursue academics and sports, she was awarded a scholarship to attend school and play basketball at the collegiate level. Upon graduation, she knew she sports was a significant part of her life, so she pursued a career in athletics. In 2012, forty years after Title IX was passed, Braun became the first female athletic director for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and one of the only women in this position nationwide. She credits her success to her experiences with sports and believes there is a correlation with athletes and workplace success. “I’ve noticed athletes are better at communicating through conflict, they are more resilient and driven. I think sports definitely primes a person in those ways,” says Braun. “I know that playing sports gave me confidence in all facets of life. I use my experiences with sports to help me through difficult situations and helped me stay focused.” Braun said women’s participation in sports, and access for female athletes have accelerated immensely since the passing of...

Tracy Wayson

It is with great sadness  that we share with you  Tracy Wayson has passed away.  Tracy was the first Executive Director of the Women’s Fund and a wonderful advocate for everything women and girls.  She laid the foundation for the continuing success of the Women’s Fund – not just in Milwaukee – but the entire state.    This is the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel  article about her accomplishments  and information regarding her funeral services,  which will take place on...

Executive Director Search

The Women’s Fund of Greater Milwaukee has partnered with Spano Pratt Executive Search to identify the Executive Director for the organization. For a confidential conversation and to learn more about this opportunity, please contact Jamie Pratt.






Happy 100th Birthday Annette!

Annette Stoddard-Freeman who will celebrate her 100th Birthday this year, has been instrumental in paving the way for women to continue pursuing their educational and career goals.






Arts@Large Ebony Fashion Fair Project

Our grant partner at Arts@Large together with some of their middle school students participated in 2015 Milwaukee Art Museum’s exhibit Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair!






2015 Women & Public Policy Event

Sometimes, for social change to happen you must go outside your comfort zone…

Are men central to the conversation around women’s advancement and pathways to gender parity? A diverse mix of over 300 women and men thought so during a positive and lively panel discussion at the annual Women & Public Policy event on September 30th hosted by the Women’s Fund of Greater Milwaukee.






2015 Annual Report

…we still have work to do if all women and girls are to be successful and treated equitably…






Alverno College Research Center for Women and Girls Study

Here is the summary of the Alverno College Research Center for Women and Girls study regarding the status of girls in Wisconsin. The study is being used by the Women’s Fund to develop strategies for girls led social change initiatives. The Women’s Fund was one of the funders of the study. Alverno...