September 2016 Newsletter


Monthly Newsletter | September 2016

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A Note From Emily


Emily Evans speaks at Count Her In release in Salem

Hi Everyone,

Together, with the release of Count Her In, we've ended a 20-year data drought for women and girls in Oregon. We have been honored and humbled by the tremendous excitement, thoughtful feedback, and wonderful media coverage surrounding the report's release. There is so much to celebrate, and so much work yet to be done, but for the moment, we just want to say THANK YOU. Thank you to all of our members and supporters who made this report possible. Thank you to the many contributors who worked tirelessly with us on the report over the past year. Please read the acknowledgement page of the report, page 117. We are deeply grateful to all of the extraordinary women who came together to make this report a reality. They, and you, have helped bring us a step closer to making Oregon a great place for all women and girls.

With much gratitude,
Emily Evans
Executive Director, Women’s Foundation of Oregon

Foundation Updates

Investment Update

We released Count Her In, A Report about Women and Girls in Oregon, on September 21 on the Capitol steps in Salem. Governor Kate Brown spoke (video clip here!) at the report launch, and many state senators and representatives attended. 

We're pleased to announce that momentum from Count Her In continues to build. Here's a selection of the news coverage so far: 

Member Spotlight

Meet Jessica Arzate: We were thrilled to have Jessica with us last Wednesday at the release of our report on the Capitol steps in Salem. Thank you, Jessica!

Name: Jessica Arzate
Age: 29
Occupation: Early Learning Multnomah Manager
Member of the Women's Foundation since: 2016
What’s your favorite spot in Oregon?
Chinidere Mountain in Mt. Hood National Forest. At its summit, you get the most beautiful 360-degree view of the Cascades.
What quality do you most admire in others?   
I admire people who are respectful. We live in a world that is constantly changing and becoming increasingly diverse in every way imaginable. Everyone has the freedom to be who they want to be and that requires our respect.   
Which talent would you most like to have?  
The ability to read minds. My family has a silly way of bearing more burdens than are necessary, but they don’t say so. It would be great to know what they’re really thinking and help them unload some of those burdens.
What was your first volunteer experience?  
When I was in middle school, I used to volunteer all summer long at my old elementary school. I guess I’ve always been an educator at heart and even during summer vacation, I couldn’t stay out of the classroom!   
What’s the best place to eat in our great state?
Selfishly, nothing beats eating Mexican food with my family. It’s hard to find anything else that compares to my family’s cooking. Sorry Oregon!  
What do you consider your greatest achievement?  
I’m the first person in my entire family to earn a Master’s degree. I was born to Mexican immigrants, with little to no formal education. The odds were stacked against me from the beginning and continuously throughout my life. I wasn’t supposed to be educated, but I earned that privilege.    
Which woman (living or dead) do you most admire?
My beautiful mother, Celina Arzate. I am the woman I am today because of everything she sacrificed. She’s the oldest daughter of seven siblings and experienced hardship at a very young age. She dreamt of a better life for her children, so she left her country. The freedom I now have to be the woman I want to be is because of my mother’s courage to leave her home.       
What’s your most treasured possession?
I don’t have anything physical I consider a treasured possession, but something I treasure the most is trust. When I have your trust, I treasure and cherish it. When I give you my trust, it’s because I treasure our connection.
What is your personal motto?
When you want something so passionately, all the universe conspires in your favor. It’s the message I got out of my favorite book, The Alchemist
What’s your idea of perfect happiness?  
For me it’s family, nature, and love. Everything I do is for my family; I’m happiest when I’m in nature; and I’m a hopeless romantic. If everyone worked to better position their family, spent more time honoring and respecting nature, and loved endlessly…our world would be beautiful. That’s perfect happiness.
What makes you laugh uncontrollably?  
My 2-year-old nephew! He is a riot and I get the most exhausting ab workout from laughing so hard!  
Why are you a member of the Women’s Foundation?
My mother taught me the importance of lifting other women instead of competing with them. She said that helping other women would secure our futures because women are the future. I am a member of the Women’s Foundation because I want a better future for women and girls in Oregon. I’m energized by the foundation’s leadership, its members, and dedication to interrupt the systems of oppression that keep women and girls on the margins in Oregon.

Make a Difference

"Everyone deserves a life free of domestic and sexual violence." That statement is the foundational belief of Call to Safety, an incredible organization working to end domestic and sexual violence in Oregon. 

There are many ways to invest in Call to Safety's work, but in-kind donations are especially important -- they will gladly accept items such as cell phones, hygiene items for survivors, transportation assistance, basic living assistance, as well as the items listed on their Amazon Wish List. For a complete list of needed items, click here. You may either send donations to the PO Box, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to set up a drop-off.

Local: 503.235.5333
Call the crisis line 24/7. Always free and confidential.

Community Events

October 6: Race and Domestic Violence: A Community Dialogue, Portland.

October 15: Dance Like a Mother 2016, Portland.

October 18: KOBI 5 at 5, Medford -- tune in to hear from ED Emily Evans.

October 19: SOU Volunteer Fair, United Way of Jackson County, Ashland.

October 22: 5th Annual Circle of Strength Women’s Fundraising Brunch, Portland.

October 23: Rock for Rockwood, A Benefit Concert for Boys & Girls Club, Portland.

November 9: Lorwin Series: Transformative Philanthropy Forum Panel Discussion, Eugene.

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

Edward Jones makes workplace diversity a priority: Top Workplaces 2016

Prison push only aggravating women's public health crisis

Women of Oregon stories in new memoirs

Recap of Women in Business event in Salem

Social Media

Help us continue the momentum of Count Her In on your Facebook page:

Share the storyvideo, or photo fact of your choice from the Foundation's Facebook page with your friends and family!

Membership Matters

Our members support us in so many ways: from your membership donations to your time volunteering in the office and at our events. Now there are even more ways you can support us! As you make your will and estate plans, please consider adding the Women's Foundation of Oregon. For more information on Planned Giving, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Also, your employer may match your gift to the Women's Foundation! Check with your human resources department to see if your company will match your charitable donations. If you have any questions regarding your membership please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we'll be happy to help. 

If you're not yet a member, join us by clicking here!

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