Making a Difference: How Women Are Inspiring Change
University of Florida women have long served as leaders professionally and as volunteers in the community, sharing their time and talent to improve society and the world. This drive to make life better for others is a hallmark of UF Women. Women so often identify multiple overlapping opportunities for philanthropic involvement—giving their time, talent and financial resources for the common good. UF Women embraces, appreciates and celebrates this empowering way of life.
- Women are expected to control half the wealth in the United States as of 2010.
- Women account for 58 percent of undergraduates in U.S. colleges today.
- Women currently make up 53 percent of the workforce and are increasingly moving into high-paying professional careers.
- Women generated $2.1 trillion in earnings in 1999.
- In 2002, the Center for Women’s Business Research found that one in 11 women in the U.S. was a business owner, and their companies continue to grow at 1.5 to 2 times the rate of all firms.
- Because women live longer than men, they will end up in charge of much of the $41 to $136 trillion expected to transfer from generation to generation over the next 50 years.
- The baby boom generation includes many of the first female college graduates to have acquired wealth in their own right.
World-changing power lies in these numbers and with each of us. Women as a whole are poised to make a major philanthropic impact as they choose which efforts to support with their money.
Interested in reading more about the impact of women on philanthropy? Check out these sites for further reading:
- The Power of the Purse, a blog by Sondra Shaw Hardy
- What Matters: Philanthropy's Tipping Point, an article from The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University
- Women Give 2010, a study by the Women's Philanthropy Institute at the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy