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10 initiatives helping creative women become their best selves

Happy Women’s History Month! Indeed, every month is a great month to highlight the contributions that women have made around the world. But today, we want to appreciate some initiatives for creative women, their influence, and their impact.

Recent years have shown an immense push towards inclusivity. Thus, these women’s initiatives are allowing underrepresented groups a greater range of voices to be heard across more industries than ever before.  

This has not only increased value in professional spaces, but inspires women because, after all:

“You can’t be what you can’t see,”

 Marian Wright Edelman, American civil rights activist

In light of all this, we’ve organized a list of initiatives for women in various fields to help support their many ventures:

Creative initiatives for women — Cannes Lions x Spotify

The Cannes Lions Initiative launched six years ago and has helped female creative leaders from around the world. This is a creative women initiative designed to promote inclusivity and interconnectivity.

This creative women’s initiative program supports women through exclusive mentoring sessions. And, throughout this influential network of industry experts, they coordinate events aiming to further educate these professionals.

Not to mention, the Cannes Lions initiative is also a great way to build a community of support between them.

Artivism for Gender Equality – UN Women

Likewise, UN Women launched a global call for original work. The initiative aims to encapsulate and celebrate strides towards gender equality.

In this manner, they have accepted mediums that include static art, gifs, animations, or short videos that embody the UN Women’s key messages. 15 – 20 creatives will be chosen to receive $500 each. Learn more on their site!

Netflix’s Creative Equity Fund

Moreover, Netflix recently announced a $20 million Creative Equity Fund aimed to invest in underrepresented storytellers!

Of that, the first $5 million dollars will go towards supporting women in the entertainment industry across the globe. More details on that here!

Barbara Demming Memorial Fund

Likewise, The Barbara Demming Memorial Fund honors the memory of Demming — a civil rights and women’s movement activist, poet, and writer.

Hence, the fund grants moral and financial support to creative feminists in art and writing by offering $500 to $1500 twice a year. 

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Winner of the 2020 Barbara Demming Memorial Fund, Daisy Patton’s gorgeous work (Cred: KContemporary & DemmingFund).

Anonymous Was A Woman

Finally, Susan Unterberg, an activist for female artists, leads this initiative by supporting women over 40 who are faced with adversity.

She offers $25,000 to help them enable their success and promote their further growth. Check that out here!

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Winner of the 2020 Anonymous Was a Woman Award, Chitra Ganesh’s stunning art (Cred: ArtMatters & AnonymousWasAWoman).

Creative women initiatives in entrepreneurship — Amber Grant

On the other hand, Run by WomensNe is an organization to help women in business succeed. Once a month they award the Amber Grant.

During the first week of every month, a winner is announced to receive $10,000 for their business. And, at the end of the year, one winner receives an additional $25,000 grant. Learn more on their site!

Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative (WEI)

Furthermore, WEI is an Atlanta-based organization designed to promote business growth and sustainability.

So, through this initiative, WEI will support female entrepreneurs by offering them an innovative workspace, refinement of their business plans, a network of experts, and much more!

Tory Burch Foundation Fellows Program

Not to mention, The Tory Burch Foundation exists to empower and showcase female entrepreneurs through a range of programs. They regularly host small-business webinars and outline resources for female innovators.

Their annual fellow’s program grants 50 women-run, early-stage, businesses $5,000 to be used towards business education, a one-year Tory Burch Fellowship, and a free 5-day trip to Tory Burch Offices in New York. Find out more here!

Women Founders Network

The Women’s Founders Network exists to mentor and supports female business owners.

Following two Shark Tank-style pitches & voting, five female business founders compete for more than $30,000 in cash prizes and over $50,000 in professional services. Check out their site!

Women Who Tech

(Cred: WomenWhoTech).

Women Who Tech is the world’s leading network of female-driven investors, start-ups, and allies for diversity in technology.

The initiative offers female lead tech start-ups funding and recognition based on annual changing themes. The grant offers $15,000 for the first prize winner and $5,000 for the second. Learn more here!