Women's Fund of Central Ohio takes part in White House summit

Kitty McConnell

The Women's Fund of Central Ohio is part of a new coalition between women's foundations from around the country. Prosperity Together convened last week at the White House for the Advancing Equity for Women and Girls of Color Summit.

The summit was hosted by the White House Council on Women and Girls and the Anna Julia Cooper Center at Wake Forest University.

During the summit, Prosperity Together members announced a ~$100 million, five-year commitment to fund local programs across the U.S. focused on advancing economic self-sufficiency among low-income women.

"The Women's Fund of Central Ohio is part of this coalition because women will drive an economically secure community and nation," says Nichole Dunn, president and CEO of the Women's Fund of Central Ohio. "Prosperity Together represents the power of women working together for gender equity. Now is the time to invest in women."

Dunn is a Prosperity Together advisory committee member. She is pictured, at right, with Valarie Jarrett, senior advisor to President Obama; and below, with the leaders of U.S. women's foundations. (Photos courtesy of the Women's Fund of Central Ohio).

Members of Prosperity Together will "continue funding programs that are proven effective in their communities and states." Those initiatives include job training, child care support, and research that guides policy around economic security for low-income women and women of color.

The White House releases a statement that "significant progress" has been made in recent years (including lowered teen pregnancy rates and higher graduation rates for young women, and increased business ownership among black women), but that "opportunity gaps and structural barriers still remain."

The council released its full report, Advancing Equity for Women and Girls of Color, during the summit. The Women's Fund published the Economic Self-Suffiency for Women in Central Ohioreport in 2014.