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JRF | Aug 20 2010 |

Mobilizing Women for a Better Future

The Dinner is a great opportunity to meet-up with friends, mingle with the best of Athens and empower low-income women. This year, the Dinner will be at Tate II on the University of Georgia’s campus. The speaker is Brigadier General Maria Britt, the first woman to earn that rank in the Georgia National Guard’s history. We will of course have an inspiring scholar speaker, Bonnie Marcus, and Steve Jones will be the Master of Ceremonies.

We have a great selection of silent auction items for you to bid on this year. There are amazing trips like a stay at Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth in Montreal to golfing in Monterey to a fabulous two-night stay in Atlanta including the ballet and dinner and finishing off with an adventure excursion (caving, kayaking, white water rafting or bungee jumping). For those who enjoy having beautiful pieces of art, a Jim StipeMaas painting will be available along with a gorgeous, hand-carved wooden bowl. Pictures are coming soon!

So, bring a friend or several and come enjoy JRF’s Annual Dinner. The theme is “Mobilizing Women for a Better Future,” and that’s exactly what your support does. We hope to see you there.

Tickets are $65 per person or $500 for a table of 8. Parking in the Tate deck and all beverages included.

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Limited access to higher education for Hispanic population

JRF | Aug 02 2010 |

An article in USA Today, “87% of Hispanics value higher education, 13% have college degree,” reports on the disparity between the number of people who think higher education is important and those who can actually attend college.

“The poll revealed some of the roadblocks: Latinos do not have enough money, yet many are reluctant to borrow. Family obligations intervene. Parents and teachers provide only lukewarm support.”

Finances and family responsibilities emerged as the top reasons for not continuing to earn a degree. This is indicative of the need for scholarships and support systems for students.

What are your thoughts?

For the full article click here.

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What’s Holding Women Back?

JRF | Jul 19 2010 |

Adriana Gardella attended the annual Aspen Ideas Festival and participated in one discussion called “Women + Girls: The Solution.” The title refers to the belief of the panel that “only by helping women and girls achieve their full potential and using all of the brainpower available to us, can we hope to solve the world’s problems.”

The panelists talked about the disparity between the number of women and men in the sciences; the need for positive role models for females; and the necessity for relationships in the home to be equal.

So what are your thoughts – what is holding women back and how can these barriers be removed?

For the full article click here.

Check out some great responses on our facebook page here.

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JRF Friend Appointed by Obama to Federal Court

JRF Friend Appointed by Obama to Federal Court

JRF | Jul 15 2010 |

JRF would like to congratulate Judge Steve Jones on being nominated by President Obama to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. Jones has served the Athens courts for 15 years and works to eradicate poverty in and around the area.

Jones is active in the community with Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund and many other service organizations. We are proud of his accomplishments and know he will bring wisdom and compassion to his position on the Federal Court. Congratulations!

At JRF’s annual dinner this year, Judge Steve Jones will be the Master of Ceremonies.

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You helped us surpass our goal!

You helped us surpass our goal!

JRF | Jul 12 2010 |

Thank you for the wonderful support we received from all over the country. More than $86,000 was raised as part of the Sunshine Lady Challenge. We did it!

The entire amount will be doubled, so $172,000 will be used to support JRF’s program. Many groups and individuals came together to make this possible – from board members to the Women of UGA to marathon runners and everyone in between – we are ever grateful for your passion and dedication for empowering low-income women.

One woman who has been helped this year, Michele, returned to college in 2007 after 17 years after, when she decided that she needed to secure a better future for herself and her daughter. She is maintaining a 4.0 GPA while fulfilling the responsibilities of being a single parent and working to support her family.

“It’s been a long road to become an honor student at the age of 39, but I denied myself an education twenty years ago, and I intend to finish,” Michele said.

She is earning her bachelor’s degree in Human Sciences and plans to teach at the secondary school level. Her expected graduation date is in May 2012.

“I want my daughter to understand that I value education. I want the students I teach to benefit from my knowledge. And I especially want to be a positive influence on kids who think they don’t need an education.”

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