April 2017 Newsletter

Monthly Newsletter | April 2017
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A Note From Emily



Hi Everyone,

This month, we're drilling down into the wealth and wage gap for women in Oregon. Did you know that each year, Oregon women working full-time lose a combined total of $4 billion in income due to the gender wage gap? Just like the rest of the Eight That Can't Wait, pay inequity has a set of complex causes and sobering consequences for women all over the state.

In case you missed it, you can watch our Eight That Can't Wait Discussion on Oregon's Wage/Wealth Gap on Facebook Live. One of the key takeaways from that discussion is that while the wage gap has entered public consciousness in recent years, the wealth gap is both less well-known and, in many ways, more damaging.

Rather than just looking at income disparities, the wealth gap includes the values of homes, automobiles, businesses, savings, and investments. By that measure, Oregon women face one of the starkest wealth disparities in the country. Learn more about the wealth and wage gap in Oregon, and what we can do about it here.

Forward together,
Emily Evans
Executive Director
Women’s Foundation of Oregon

Stat of the Month

The gender-based wealth gap in Oregon is among the worst in the nation. Oregon women hold just 35 cents in assets for each dollar in assets held by Oregon men.

Call for Stories

Have you faced pay discrimination? Your story can help show Oregon's leaders why it's important to take action on the wage and wealth gaps facing Oregon's women and girls. Share your story with the Women's Foundation here.

Foundation Updates

We're Hiring

The Women's Foundation is growing! Our search for an Associate Director is still accepting applications.

Location: Portland, OR
Reports to: Executive Director
Starting at: $65,000; Great benefits package
Status: Full-time, Exempt

Check out the job description here. To apply, send your resume and a cover letter, in a single PDF, toThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Position is open until filled.

Please share this opportunity with your friends and networks!

Investment Update

Our 2017 grantmaking process is in full swing! Our Grants Committee members are conducting site visits throughout the month of April. Every current member of the Foundation will have the opportunity to vote on the final recipients starting May 1st. Stay tuned for more!

Member Spotlight

Name: Camille (Cam) Preus
Age: 62
Occupation: President, Blue Mountain Community College
Member of the Women's Foundation since: 2015

What’s your favorite spot in Oregon? 
Logan Valley (Malheur National Forest), Oregon

What quality do you most admire in others?
Life balance

Which talent would you most like to have?
To be able to dance

What was your first volunteer experience?
Charter member of Soroptimist Club in Seaside, Oregon, 1984

What’s the best place to eat in our great state? 
Sybaris in Albany 

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Helping people find their own voice

Which woman (living or dead) do you most admire? 
Barbara Jordan and Governor Barbara Roberts

What’s your most treasured possession? 
My health

What is your personal motto? 
When nothing is certain, everything is possible

What’s your idea of perfect happiness?  
A hike in the wilderness

What makes you laugh uncontrollably?  
Funny kid or dog videos

Why are you a member of the Women’s Foundation? 
To be a positive force for change for all women

Thanks so much, Cam!

Make a Difference

Bend's After-School Buddies is looking for women ages 15+ to mentor girls in 4th-8th grades in weekly after school programs. Leadership development and community service make this an ideal opportunity to impact young girls to build healthy relationships, self-confidence, improve study skills and more. Learn more here or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Have a volunteer opportunity you'd like us to share? Email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Community Events

April 18-19: "We're Muslim, Don't Panic" Hip-Hop Performance, Grants Pass/Medford
Award-winning dancer Amirah Sackett formed an all-female, American Muslim trio that uses hip-hop to challenge stereotypes about Muslim women. 

April 22: Fiesta of Hope, Portland
Adelante Mujeres hosts a festive evening of dinner, dancing, and auctions at the Oregon Zoo to strengthen and empower Latinx and immigrant families.

April 27: How to Identify, Understand and Disrupt Microaggressions and Implicit Bias, Portland
In this four-hour workshop, discover the relationship between implicit or unconscious bias and microaggressions. 

May 2: Eight That Can't Wait Discussion: Mental Health Challenges, Portland & Facebook Live
Join the Women's Foundation for a community discussion on women's mental health challenges in Oregon and what can be done to address them. Free registration; refreshments provided.

May 24: Women's Foundation 3rd Annual Celebration, Portland
Don't miss our annual celebration! We are thrilled to announce $75,000 in grants this year, share highlights from our Eight that Can't Wait discussions that are wrapping up next month, and look forward to another exciting year ahead.

If you would like your event added to our calendar, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Oregon News to Know

Oregon LiveUO Psychology Professor Accuses School of Pay Discrimination
"The department conducted a self study that found that male professors, on average, earned about $25,000 more a year than their female counterparts."

Corvallis Gazette-TimesA Question of Identity: Neither Man Nor Woman
"Courtney Nicholas became at least the third person in Oregon — and the first in Benton County — to be granted non-binary status."

Oregon Live: A Look at the UO Women's Basketball Team's Historic Season
"Oregon Ducks women's basketball journey to the Elite 8: Moments that defined the season."

Paste Magazine: Nasty Women, Good Wine
20% of net profits from Oregon's Nasty Woman Wine go to help accelerate global progress towards women's equal participation in policy and leadership.

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