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Introducing our latest initiative, HerHub - an online platform that provides the greater Toledo community with women-centered events, local women-owned businesses, women’s groups and organizations. WOT as the conveyer, our goal is to reduce duplication and schedule conflicts among women's activities to enhance partnerships, activity attendance and funding. We are looking to strengthen local companies by connecting female employees to the right networking and professional development opportunities, as well as promote and support female-owned businesses.

Our new initiative

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"The more I spoke about feminism, the more I realized that fighting for women’s rights has too often become synonymous with man-hating. If there is one thing I know for certain, it is that this has to stop. For the record, feminism by definition is the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities. It is the theory of political, economic and social equality of the sexes" -Emma Watson's speech during the launch of the HeForShe UN Women's campaign in New York City, 2014

HeForShe

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 Say Goodbye to Summer...and say Hello to Fall. 🍁🍂 From the beginning, our team enjoys researching, listening, reflecting and developing program activities that are high in impact for social progress and the opportunity to improve the quality of life for our community members, especially our female members.

Hello Fall!

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"I'd like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free and wanted other people to be also free" - Rosa Parks

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In April, we impacted our community  by organizing multiple women's gathering activities, while continuing to serve our women & youth in need of coaching, mentoring and peer-supporting through our Women's Connection Program.

May 419News

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The United for the Earth, a community event organized by Women of Toledo, the BGSU Environmental Communication Initiative, the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo (ICGT), and Project H.O.P.E. Equine Assisted Therapy, aims to enhance and extend environmental education and practice in Northwest Ohio, and promote cultural inclusivity and diversity as it intersects with environmental sustainability.

United for the Earth

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The 2nd Annual Women’s Empowerment Summit in conjunction with Equal Pay on Saturday, April 6th at the Park Inn in Downtown Toledo. We are proud to announce this year's theme - Power for Progress!

 

Power for Progress will feature sessions that will nurture and support the goal of learning from the past, and reflecting on the present to create a more equitable future. Additionally, the summit will create awareness about and encourage support for the Equal Pay movement.

#PowerforProgress

Giving Tuesday was started in 2012 to fund-raise and raise awareness the day after Cyber Monday. We are so grateful for your donations and help in building awareness about Women of Toledo and our mission!

Giving Tuesday: Many Thanks

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Congratulations to our fearless Founding Member and Managing Director, Nina Corder! In Honor of Jim Knott, Nina was named this year's 2017-2018 Community Service Award  recipient at the BNI of Northwest Ohio 2018 Networking Night of Excellence.

 

BNI: Community Service Award

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Partnering with Welcome Toledo- Lucas County, Women of Toledo is hosting a community picnic to recognize immigrant contributions to our communities.  Our goal for this community picnic is to bring together immigrants, refugees, expatriates and U.S.-born residents in a spirit of unity to build strong connections across the community and affirm the benefits of welcoming everyone – including new Americans.

Welcoming Week: Sept 14-23

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We are grateful to the Toledo Community Foundation Board of Trustees, staffs members and Community Funds for awarding us the grant to kick-off Discovery M.o.M Speed Mentoring sessions period August 2018-June 2019. 

M.o.M Speed Mentoring

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Our Summer Educational Initiatives program, Ramadan Exploration: Iftar Dinner Gathering, focuses on the breaking of the fast during the Islamic Holy month of Ramadan. Our program will provide educational opportunities, promoting a greater understanding of the Islamic faith. 

Memorial Day Edition

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Thank you to our Community Partner, Zobaida Falah with Cure Bar for the nomination to share our story and commitment at educating, empowering and engaging a diverse group of local women within Greater Toledo. 

Our Story is on WGTE Public Media Radio Podcast with Haley Taylor, The Rough Draft Diaries.

Congratulations to our Young Women of Toledo's Chairperson, Afreen Alvi for her accomplishments as one of 2018 NPD awardees. She will be recognized at the 30th Annual National Philanthropy Day® celebration on November 9, 2017.

National Philanthropy Day

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During various conversations with stakeholders and partners on what the organization would like to do in 2020, I have been asked this question - 'What does WOT want to be?'  Because of my curiosity, wanting to learn and understand better - I asked , " Elaborate'. What the organization wants to do is not nearly as important as what the organization wants to be. And the longer I reflected on this question and statement.... the more significant that it became.

November is full of curiosity

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Our local Young Women of Toledo will be celebrating the #dayofthegirl this Saturday, 10.12.19, 10:30am at the Phoenicia, University of Toledo - Student Union. YWOT Big Idea: GIRLFORCE Unstoppable and Unscripted highlights the experiences of 4 local activists making a difference at home and abroad promoting diversity and inclusion.

Girl Force

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We will never stop building and assessing the needs of the community and working to listen to their needs and wants, and build something they will love. We didn't realize how important it is to keep-up with needs of the ecosystem that continues to evolve and change. We stay strong on data & impact measurements, as we believe what gets measured, will get managed. 

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We began our advocacy and created awareness on how important it was for our constituents to take action. We went a step further and consulted our friends at Advocates for Basic Legal Equality (ABLE) to draft a well-researched letter in support of Women of Toledo’s call to Toledo City Council to pass the Pay Equity Act.

The Toledo City Council approved the Pay Equity Act!

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Pay Equity Act:This important piece of legislation will help to close the pay gap that exists and persists as a result of potential employers asking job candidates about their previous salary history. Every person deserves to be offered compensation based on their skills and abilities, not what their previous employer paid them. The ordinance will help to close the pay gap that exists due to this discriminatory business practices.

Pay Equity Act

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Our Momentum Circle is a focus peer-networking group for a diverse women-owned businesses, entrepreneurs and start-ups to connect, and grow their businesses.Women are increasingly harnessing their entrepreneurial spirit, and it is critical to encourage and support this behavior with focus to eliminate obstacles and facilitate growth of their businesses.

Talking Circle for Women Owned Business

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The future is exciting. Let's build a gender-balanced world. Balance is not a women's issue, it's a business issue. This Year’s Theme: The race is on for a gender-balanced boardroom, a gender-balanced government, gender-balanced media coverage, a gender-balance of employees, more gender-balance in wealth and gender-balanced sports coverage. Collective action and shared responsibility for driving a gender-balanced world is key.

#BalanceForBetter

At first, I was embarrassed by my life situation. I could not keep a job, a car, or maintain friendships. I am young single mom, a minority, who grew up in a low-income neighborhood that is visible to others.

Testimonial: My Story!

 

WHY choose to volunteer with Women of Toledo? With the organization, you will also experience & learn how to work with others from different cultures, languages, age groups, and embrace others' differences. You will learn to connect with one another.

419NEWS: It's November

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 We have created spaces where girls, young women and women of many generations can interact and support each other. Creating intergenerational spaces, based on non-hierarchical and anti-oppression frameworks, allows for the emergence of transformational leadership that draws on the contributions of all generations.

Young Women of Toledo

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Our blog post aims to highlights our women community stories, storytellers, and advocacy efforts that consistent with our #pressforprogress campaign goals. We invite you to read and comments as we continue our efforts and pledged for #PressForProgress.

Introducing our new BLOG page!

Our mission is to promote diversity & inclusion for women in the Toledo area.  We strive for diversity on our Board, Community Partners, Circle of Supporters and are proud to have immigrants represented across our organization that are making an impact in Toledo.  As part of National Immigrant Heritage Month, we wanted to share with you some statistics about immigrants in Toledo.

June is National Immigrant Heritage Month

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Join us as we #PressforProgress 

WOMEN ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT (WEE) POWER HOUR LUNCHEON.

International Women's Day

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Catchup on our Archives here! 

Read our weekly archives

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Hosted by Economic and Community Development Institute (ECDI), Women of Toledo join other partners at the Small Business Resource Day (SBRD) this Tuesday, October 29 from 4pm to 8pm! In addition, our Mentors on the Move will also be on-site to meet our Mentees and any other attendees for quick one-on-one Mentoring on the Moments (M.o.M) sessions.

Resource Day

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Our Women’s Connection program of InterConnections, serves women, youth and families that identify elements of intersection which includes Interracial, Interfaith and Intercultural in their lives.

Talking Circle

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We are your Mentors, friends, peer-support and local network that join the movement of local women supporting women. 

Real Advice from Real Women in Real Time! 

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On 05.28.19, we wrapped-up our monthly Speed Mentoring program for the season and we wanted to take this opportunity to say Thank You to all 83 of our Mentors for sharing their time and talents mentoring our 132 Mentees. 

Speed Mentoring

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On behalf of our Advisory Board, Community Partners, Supporters, Volunteers and Young Women & Women at Women of Toledo, we would like to thank you for being part of First Energy-Toledo Edison, Women's Leadership April - Lunch & Learn. Thank you for this opportunity for us to share our stories at Women of Toledo, the organization and ways that we impacted our community.

First Energy Toledo Edison 

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What is Macaron Day? Inspired by the annual Jour du Macaron in Paris, in which free macarons are given out and proceeds are given to charity. The patrons of So Sweet will receive one free macaron in exchange for making a donation to Women of Toledo:  'NO WOMEN LEFT BEHIND' Initiatives Fund.

Thank You - So Sweet

Women of Toledo believes we must acknowledge the progress we’ve made, recognizes what we’ve yet to accomplish, and to find purpose to keep moving forward by empowering ourselves and others. 

From Nina & Michelle's Desk

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14 countries were represented in the intercultural fashion show, demonstrated by 40 models of local women, men and children.  There were also performances by the Aegela Centers for Middle Eastern Dance, the Uni of Toledo’s Indian-Bollywood dance group, the Tiffin Uni. and a local Caribbean dance group. 

Special Edition: 2018 Intercultural Gala and Fashion Show

After two years, we have finally launched HerHub website!  Under Women of Toledo new initiatives with a focus on community building, HerHub will provides the greater Toledo community with listing of women-centered events, resources and organizations. HerHub mission is that women in the 419 can create stronger communities with HER in it.

PILOT: HerHub is LIVE!

VOL.81 ED.October18-1

Steering Committee were established under Dr. Ardenia Jones Terry and Diane Reamer-Evans, Zonta Club Advocacy Committee. Our team, Nina Corder and Mickey Radtkin were invited to serve the Steering Committees with a purpose to review the recommended steps for Toledo becoming a CEDAW CITY.

TOLEDO for CEDAW City Designation

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Nina Corder's LOVE LETTERS TO TOLEDO. Sharing her immigrant heritage & women's community with blog Love Letters to Toledo. 

Special Edition: LOVE LETTERS TO TOLEDO

No Women Left Behind Initiative offers any women, young women & Disconnected Youth with financial hardship within our Women's Connection Program to attend a Professional Educational Development series and Coaching services for FREE! In 2017, 93% of our participants had access to all of our programs and services for FREE!  

No Women Left Behind

VOL. May18-03

Our LOVE story....the first WOT diversity strategy initiatives began in March 2013, where a group of eighteen women with active roles as community leaders in Greater Toledo met for a focus group discussion surrounding diversity in networking organizations. The objective of this initiative was to understand how to build a connecting hub for a diverse group of women.  

Fall in love with our CAUSE of advocating for Diversity & Inclusion! 

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