100 Women was establised by a passionate group of talented women, first inspired by the book ‘Half the Sky’ written by Pulitzer Prize-winning team, Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.
“Sometimes you can feel a bit helpless with all the problems of the world. How can I make a difference? I wanted to bring together women who wanted to start building a positive legacy in the world. I’m lucky, I have access to education, health services and employment. I am free from violence. Unfortunately, not all girls and women have these opportunities. How do we connect those who have with those who haven’t and bridge the gap? That’s when 100 Women was born.”
Alicia Curtis – 100 Women Co-founder and Chair.
To ignite women’s philanthropy through the power of collective giving to advance the empowerment of all women.
100 Women enables everyday people to be involved in creating a world where all women and girls can live safely with access to health, education and economic freedom. We do this by combining donations and knowledge to provide impactful grants.
Opportunity – We believe every woman should have the opportunity to live with access to safety, health, education and economic opportunities.
Connection – We believe support is more meaningful and more powerful when donors have the opportunity to meet, talk with and support recipients.
Inclusiveness – We believe in engaging everyday people to be part of the 100 Women movement. Therefore everyone is welcome to join and by coming together collectively we can exponentially increase the value of individual donations.
Change – We believe in bringing about real and significant change.
Alicia Curtis and Megan Anderson first started working on the idea of 100 Women after an inspiring chat about how to make the world a better home on a long car ride home together one day. After a few months, they put a call out to establish the first committee in October 2013. A dedicated group of volunteers came together to pull together all the elements of the organisation – trust deeds, websites, marketing, membership, grants and more!
In March 2014, 100 Women was launched with more than one hundred attendees in the room. Maria Saraceni and Erica Smyth, two well known women’s advocate came onboard as Ambassadors, followed by a short time later by Rabia Siddique.
By November 2014, 84 members had joined and 100 Women gave away it’s first $100,000 to three organisations – Opportunity International, Restore Rose and Zonta House Refuge. Kristy Rodwell headed the Grants team, creating our processes and leading a team of 100 Women members through the grant making process.
Since then, each year, 100 Women has given away roughly $100,000 to three or four community organisations supporting women and girls both locally in Western Australia, right across Australia and also internationally. We are well known for our annual educational events who have included presentations by Scott Neeson, founder of Cambodian Children’s Fund, Christine Matthews, CEO of the WACA, body image advocate, Taryn Brumfitt, Professor Lyn Beazley just to name a few.
In 2017, Fadzi Whande joined the Ambassadors and Alicia Curtis presented the concept of collective giving in front of 1500 at the Perth Concert Hall.
In 2018, 100 Women celebrated it’s fifth year of giving with $500,000 being granted over the last five years. Grants have support all key funding areas including health, education, safety and economic opportunities.
Please find the grant projects outlined in the video below.
100 Women is calling on all the courageous and determined men and women to join the movement and be the positive change they want to see in the world.