Almost 2/3 of the world's illiterate are women. One of the surest pathways to improving the lives of people world-wide is ensuring all girls have access to education.
The Maiden Factor program is working to do that, while at the same time inspiring countless grown women and men to make a difference in their world.
A recent storm of world events has broadsided The Maiden Factor program, while at the same time outlining the dark cloud that hangs over the lives of too many girls even today.
I grew up in a working class family in a small town. My education included an engineering degree from University of Washington, an MBA from Carnegie-Mellon, and a master's from Duke. Because of my education, I've never felt constrained in charting and navigating a course forward for my own life or my community.
Everyone should have the opportunity that education gives. Regardless of their gender, family, or where they live.
Like many other women captains, I didn't come up through the typical "channels" available to young men and those from yacht club families. I've chosen to support The Maiden Factor, which aligns so well to my personal interests and values, because I personally know so many women (and men) who have been inspired and emboldened by the work that they do. I know that they make a difference.
I invite you to join me in supporting them! The Maiden Factor is a 501c3 non-profit. These are challenging times for many of us. Even if you can't make a donation, liking and sharing this with others will help. Thank you in advance for your support!