Rewrite the history books?

March is Women’s History Month, but there won’t be much fanfare. We know from experience that most people (male or female) won’t realize it’s happening. So does it matter? Should we care about women’s roles our past?

We would argue that recognizing women’s contributions to our history is ultimately about creating the future we’d all like to see. 

The other pieces for this newsletter highlight two women who made important parts of what we see today possible. Les McNeill brought the concept of women’s collective charitable giving to Cincinnati more than 15 years ago. Marian Spencer is an iconic figure in civil rights, responsible government and women’s leadership. Their contributions to our community are not only relevant today—they provide needed inspiration to today’s generations (ourselves included).

We are often asked the question, “What can I do to make a difference for women and girls?” The short answer is—do one thing…now. Surely Les and Marian would tell you there were others that were concerned about the issues they took on—but many didn’t choose to do something. Les and Marian made the “simple” decision—I can do something about it myself.

Change history. Change her story.

So, how about some fanfare for Women’s History Month? How about some action too? Before the month is over, we hope you will join us in the following actions:

  1. Participate in the text-to-give campaign that Women’s Funds across the country have launched. Text WOMEN to 50555 to donate $10*
  2. Make some noise. Share the text-to-give campaign info with 10 women (and some great men) who think like you do!
  3. Knowledge is power. Take time to learn about at least one woman in history this month. Here are some examples: Tabitha Babbit, Mary Phelps Jacob, Madame CJ Walker, Stephanie Kwolek and Mary Anderson.
*The fine print: $10 donation to Ms. Foundation for Women. Charges will appear on your wireless bill, or be deducted from your prepaid balance. All purchases must be authorized by account holder. Must be 18 years of age or have parental permission to participate. Message and data rates may apply. Text STOP to 50555 to stop. Text HELP to 50555 for Help. Full terms of service is available at View the privacy policy at

Vanessa Freytag
By Vanessa Freytag
Executive Director, The Women's Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation 

The vision of 1000 Women Strong is to bring together a community of women to positively impact women and girls in Greater Cincinnati through grantmaking, research and advocacy. Join today!



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