It has been a great summer for women and families in the U.S. The Women’s National Team won the 2015 Women’s World Cup. There is a serious female contender for president. And our Supreme Court ruled to legalize same-sex marriage in all 50 states and uphold the Affordable Care Act, opening up access to health insurance for many. Despite recent gains, gender inequality is still alive and well.
The commitment of startups to social issues gets to the heart of why Points of Light created the Civic Accelerator. The program launched in the fall of 2012 with the intention of building new civic solutions: finding new ways people are leveraging technology and using their time, talent, money/purchasing power and voice to drive change.
Through summer camps, one-day programs and mentoring and volunteer opportunities for women and girls, Sandy Marshall is bringing like-minded girls together for education, mentoring and encouragement. Just like she got from the Points of Light Civic Accelerator, which is focusing on women and girls for its spring 2015 session.
“Lean In,” “#GirlBoss,” “Thrive,” “Playing Big.” The list of books that aim to empower women goes on, and for good reason. In this spirit, Always’ recent Super Bowl ad – a viewer favorite – challenges us to rethink what it means to do run, throw and fight “like a girl.” That theme drives the spring 2015 session of the Points of Light Civic Accelerator, which will focus on startups that create greater opportunities for women and girls to succeed in today’s economy.