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Reflective Democracy in the News

The Reflective Democracy Campaign is back in the news: the Campaign’s research was cited in the New York Times‘ “On Politics” column about the symbolism and real policy advantages to having a woman of color as Vice President. Our grantee And She Could be Next, a two-part documentary series on female history makers filmed by […]

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In a Time of Upheaval, Sheriffs Finally Face Scrutiny

June 8, 2020 /

Our Reflective Democracy Campaign has released its latest report on the demographics of elected sheriffs and it’s unequivocal: America’s sheriffs are nearly all white men. Sheriffs commonly oversee residential evictions, domestic violence calls, traffic stops, polling place monitoring, and criminal investigations. 75% of sheriffs voluntarily collaborate with ICE to hold undocumented people in custody for […]

Message from WDN President & CEO: Our Collective Grief, Anger, and Action

May 29, 2020 /

Dear WDN Community, I’m writing to you during a time of collective grief and profound anger, and in solidarity with those on the ground in Minnesota who are demanding that George Floyd‘s life matter—and those around the globe who are demanding that Black Lives Matter. For those who want to support organizers in Minnesota, here are […]

WDN-backed Hive Fund in the News

May 25, 2020 /

WDN (through our Safe & Sustainable Impact Collective) co-founded and provided early funding for an exciting new project: The Hive Fund for Climate and Gender Justice. The Fund was recently profiled in Inside Philanthropy (subscription required) and Philanthropy Women. WDN Vice President Tamara Chao and WDN Member Jane Breyer (who is also a VP at the Energy […]

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Emergent Fund awards second round of COVID-19 Relief Grants

May 18, 2020 /

Already since January 2020, WDN members have proudly moved $750,000 to the Emergent Fund, with $450,000 since the pandemic. $100,000 of this funding was specifically designated for COVID-response work. In just the last month and a half, this funding has been leveraged into over $1.4 million in commitments to COVID-response funding from other funders and […]


WDN’s Reflective Democracy Campaign funds “Councilwoman”, the film

WDN’s Reflective Democracy Campaign is a proud funder of Councilwoman, a film about Carmen Castillo. Castillo is a Dominican American woman who is elected and serves as a city councilwoman in Providence, Rhode Island. The film follows her as she advocates for workers rights, leads the fight for a $15 minimum wage in Providence, and runs a grueling […]

WDN Moves $2 Million Start of Pandemic

We know that these are frightening times. We’ve all been worrying about the health and safety of those we love and the communities we hold dear. In the face of that fear, our network has stepped up to the moment. In the midst of this pandemic, we’re proud to share that the WDN community has […]

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Reflective Democracy Fellow Premal Dharia Sounds Alarm

March 23, 2020 /

On May 14, 2020, Reflective Democracy Fellow Premal Dharia was interviewed by NPR about the thousands of legal cases tossed into limbo as district and state courts shut down across the country due to the pandemic. What does this mean for all of people connected to those cases? She also authored a piece in Slate bringing […]

If white male electability is a myth, then why does it, nevertheless, persist?

March 9, 2020 /

Reflective Democracy Campaign Director Brenda Choresi Carter spoke to the Boston Globe and the San Francisco Chronicle in reaction to Elizabeth Warren ending her bid for Democratic presidential nominee. Carter provided analysis about the pervasive myth of white male electability and how it has played out during the current race for President. Spoiler, white men are not more electable than […]

Women’s Agenda Policy Hub Building Community Power, Gender Justice, and Economic Security in 2020

Equal Rights Advocates’ Women’s Agenda Policy Hub is live!

February 10, 2020 /

In 2019, Equal Rights Advocates (ERA) came to the Opportunity and Equality Impact Collective with a vision of creating an online hub where advocates from across the country could share model legislation to advance women’s economic security. WDN was an inaugural funder and now we’re thrilled to report that the online hub is here! ERA outlines policy solutions […]

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