Jan. 30, 2019 – Idaho Mountain Express article by Chris Melville
The Wood River Women’s Foundation has announced Teresa Younger, a nationally recognized and much-celebrated advocate for women’s rights, as the keynote speaker for its annual Winter Education Forum. Younger is president and CEO of the Ms. Foundation for Women, the first such organization in the United States. Ranked by Inside Philanthropy as one of the 50 most powerful philanthropic women, Younger has spearheaded countless charitable initiatives, launched the #MyFeminismIs social media campaign, which inspired national discussions on the changing face of feminism, and joined the leaders of other women’s foundations at the White House to pledge $100 million to aid low-income women and girls in the United States.
“We are extremely pleased WRWF has been able to bring such a renowned and inspiring leader to our community,” said Peggy Grove, president of the Wood River Women’s Foundation. “For the past 20 years, [she has] been in the vanguard of some of the most critical issues affecting women and their communities.”
The Wood River Women’s Foundation was established in 2005. At its inception, the foundation consisted of 27 members. In the past 14 years, that number has grown tremendously. Now approaching 400 in its ranks, the foundation continues its charitable mission to support the growth and sustenance of the Wood River community through grants, outreach efforts and other philanthropic undertakings.
The Ms. Foundation for Women was founded in 1972 by Gloria Steinem, Marlo Thomas, Letty Cottin Pogrebin and Patricia Carbine. Younger’s talk will aim to “inspire and challenge listeners to start each day recognizing the power and possibility it holds,” she said. “Both [foundations] are fully focused on making a collective impact in our communities,” Younger said. “I look forward to sharing stories of the important influence women wield when we are working together.”
The annual Winter Education Forum will be held this year at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7, at The Community Library in Ketchum. This event is free and open to the public.
Visit woodriverwomensfoundation.org for more information.