It's been an action-packed summer here at the Foundation. I've been looking forward to sharing two exciting updates. First, we've continued our spring listening tour, Listen to Her, into the summer! We've been listening to women and girls who are part of culturally specific communities in our state. So far, we've heard from women and girls from the Slavic community (in partnership with our friends at IRCO) and the Somali community (in partnership with our friends at SACOO). Stay tuned for more updates about these terrific sessions.
Second, we will release Count Her In, our forthcoming report on women and girls in Oregon, at 11:45am on September 21, 2016. To celebrate, we are taking the Bus Project's bus from the Foundation office down to the Salem where we'll release the report on the steps of the State Capitol. Everyone is welcome to join us on the bus or meet us at the Capitol!
Warmly, Emily Evans Executive Director, Women’s Foundation of Oregon
As we move closer to the release of our forthcoming report, here's a glimpse at everything that went into creating Count Her In:
DATA - We worked with a team of researchers at ECONorthwest, who compiled thousands of indicators and millions of data points to help us discover and structure all the information in the report.
STORIES - We completed a twelve stop listening tour all over the state and heard from over 1,000 women and girls. Their contributions, concerns, stories, and pictures are included in every page of the report.
EXPERTISE - We collaborated with a team of 70 advisers and experts from all over the state. They shared their expertise and experience to make sure the report employs a wide variety of critical lenses to the wellbeing of women and girls in Oregon.
DESIGN - We partnered with terrific photographers, an award-winning videographer, and a trio of talented graphic designers to make the report beautiful, local, understandable, and compelling.
MEMBERS - We invested the collective resources of the members of the Women’s Foundation to bring together all the pieces of our ground-breaking report. We are a member-supported foundation and our work is made possible by the generosity of our members.
Meet Sophie Peters: Women's Foundation of Oregon summer intern and member, recent graduate of Catlin Gabel High School, and soon-to-be freshman at Scripps College.
Name: Sophie Peters Age: 19 Occupation: College student and intern at the Women's Foundation Member of the Women's Foundation since: May 2016
What’s your favorite spot in Oregon? Camp Sherman by Sisters, Oregon because of its beauty and peacefulness or Rocky Butte at night because you can watch the planes fly in and out.
What quality do you most admire in others? Loyalty.
Which talent would you most like to have? I wish I could teleport. No more expensive plane tickets or traffic jams!
What was your first volunteer experience? When I was in fifth grade, some of my friends and I made scarfs to sell and then we gave the money to the Oregon Food Bank.
What’s the best place to eat in our great state? An omelet or granola parfait at Milo's for breakfast, the egg salad sandwich at Grand Central for lunch, and pasta at La Buca for dinner.
What do you consider your greatest achievement? Directing the senior show at my school was certainly one of them! Being able to stand backstage and watch an entire show that I had put together was magical.
Which woman (living or dead) do you most admire? Mona Eltahawy because she writes critically about misogyny in the Middle East despite being at risk since she is a woman herself. There are many other women who write, blog, and tweet about gender inequalities even when doing so may put them in danger, and they are some of the women that I admire the most.
What’s your most treasured possession? A Ray Bradbury book that my favorite teacher gave to me.
What is your personal motto? It's cheesy, but "gather ye rosebuds while ye may" as well as the rest of the poem by Robert Herrick has always stuck with me.
What’s your idea of perfect happiness? The kind of laughter that stops you from being able to talk, brings tears to your eyes, and may even make you fall off a bed.
What makes you laugh uncontrollably? Going into photo booths with my mom--it always ends in laughter!
Why are you a member of the Women’s Foundation? I joined the Women's Foundation because I believe in gender equality on every level. I love working on the report that will come out this fall because I believe it's an important step towards realizing inequalities between men and women in Oregon and then working to fix them.
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