directory of women
This collection of small and medium-sized businesses run by women around the world is a celebration of the female contribution – an effort to support and encourage each other, our passions, and to make our voices heard. To those trying to make a positive impact on the world today: I see you! 🌎
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Mariane Ibrahim Gallery - founded in 2012 by Mariane Ibrahim, the M. I. A. Gallery in Seattle started as a way to showcase artists from underrepresented regions such as Africa and the Middle East, focusing primarily on African and African diaspora artists.
ARRAY – founded in 2011 by Ava DuVernay as a multi-platform arts and social impact collective dedicated to narrative change.
LuckyChap Entertainment - founded in 2014 by actress Margot Robbie, LuckyChap focuses on promoting female stories by female storytellers. The production company tries to fill the gap caused by gender inequality in the film industry.
The Second Shelf - founded by A. N. Devers in 2018 to provide a safe space for writers, readers, and book collectors. The literary magazine and book catalogue celebrates rare books by and about women and non-binary writers, and aims to increase the visibility of books by women throughout history.
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The Oprah Leadership Academy for Girls - inspired by her own disadvantaged childhood, Oprah Winfrey founded the foundation in 2007 after a conversation with Nelson Mandela. The foundation is located in South Africa and aims to serve children, families, and communities, with a specific focus on youth education and leadership.
Malala Fund - cofounded by Malala Yousafzai in 2013, this international foundation advocates for girls´ education. The non-profit organization aims to break down barriers that hold girls back.
Women for Women International - a charity founded in 1993 by Iraqi-American humanitarian, entrepreneur, and author Zainab Salbi. The organization helped more than 479,000 marginalized women survivors of war, living in the most dangerous places in the world. The charity’s year-long training program aims to learn women how to earn and save money, improve their family’s health and make their voices heard at home and in their community.
Barefoot Foundation - a Colombian charity founded by artist Shakira in 1997, with the aim of helping poor and impoverished children. The Barefoot Foundation works to ensure that every Colombian child can exercise their right to quality education.
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation - cofounded in 2000 by Melinda Gates. A nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing health care and reduce extreme poverty. Another key goal is to create educational opportunities and improving access to information technology in the U.S.
Born this way foundation - a non-profit organization founded in 2012 by artist and activist Lady Gaga and her mother, Cynthia Germanotta. The foundation is named after the singer's album Born This Way (2011), committed to supporting the mental health of young people and particularly LGBT+ community.
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