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A Brief History of the Women's Donor Activist Movement

published 3 years ago

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This video was inspired by historian Dr. Sally Roesch Wagner who brilliantly determined to preserve and document the writings of suffragist Matilda Joslyn Gage. In the 19th century, Gage complained that women of means funded their husbands' alma maters, churches and the ballet, but rarely stepped forward to fund their suffragette sisters. Imagine how different the world would be today if women had begun funding women sooner! This fast-moving video shows how today's women's funding movement, and new giving trends like Women Moving Millions, are literally changing the course of history.

Video produced for The Sister Fund by Chicken & Egg Pictures, The Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation and Great Plains Productions.


  • Ariel Dougherty July 27, 2010, 7:00 a.m. UTC

    Inspirational. And great fun! Let's spread this around! Thanks to all the efforts of women and men to conceive of and produce this video as a excellent educational tool. And much great thanks to all the women over the years who have supported the work of the women's movements!

    -- Ariel Dougherty
  • Barbara Alice Mann July 28, 2010, 4:23 a.m. UTC

    Important to get all this out, but where was any mention of Genevieve Vaughan, who has spearheaded the gift-economy movement for about forty years now?

    Barbara Mann
  • Ariel Dougherty August 5, 2010, 5:41 a.m. UTC

    Barbara Alice Mann is absolutely correct. Fortunately also on this site is Giving For Giving, a splendid feature-documentary about the many decades of Gen Vaughan's exceptional giving. It has been a remarkable path which stretches from supporting women's media to global women's peace and economic issues with a paradigm shift. Giving For Giving underscores how glaring Vaughan's omission is from A Brief History of the Women's Donor Activist Movement.