Texas Women’s Foundation

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Texas Women’s Foundation is a catalyst for positive change across the state, with a focused mission and vision to empower strong women to build a better world. A community-supported organization, Texas Women’s Foundation invests in the power of women and girls to drive positive change. Through research, advocacy, programs and grantmaking, we advance economic and leadership opportunities for women, girls and families to build stronger, more equitable communities for all. txwf.org


Every Texan

Since its founding in 1985, Every Texan (formerly the Center for Public Policy Priorities – CPPP) has expanded opportunity and equity for Texans of all backgrounds. Based in Austin, Texas, Every Texan is a nonprofit organization that researches, analyzes, and advocates for public policies to expand equitable access to quality health care, food security, education, and good jobs. Learn more about how Every Texan is making Texas the best state to live in at everytexan.org.


Thank you to the women who shared their stories and the organizations that connected us with these amazing women.

Thank you to our storytellers: Shahad Alfartosy, Elizabeth and Victoria Cruz, Cristina Guajardo, Maria Luisa Hernandez, Dawn Leach, Brandi Miller, Patrevia Moore, Perla Sauceda, Serena Smuckers, Van Trinh, Ashley Walker and Franchesca Williams.
Thank you to our connectors: Deirdre Anderson (Jeremiah Program), Ann Cass (Proyecto Azteca), Kimberly Clarke (The Center for Transforming Lives), Cassie Davis (Texas Appleseed), Jannette Diep (Boat People SOS), Cami Fields (Resource Center), Alejandra Gaytan (Con Mi Madre), Christina Hanger (Dallas Afterschool), Kori Hattemer (Foundation Communities), Katie Mitten (Texans Care for Children), Sabrina Robbins (Catholic Charities), Clarissa Webb (Children’s Defense Fund) and Laura Young (University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler).

Thank you to our portrait photographers: Cara Campbell (Franchesca Williams), Rudy Gutierrez (Elizabeth and Victoria Cruz, Maria Luisa Hernandez), Allison Hess (Shahad Alfartosy, Van Trinh), ©Delcia Lopez/Photography (Perla Sauceda), Justin Rex (Brandi Miller), Spencer Selvidge (Cristina Guajardo, Dawn Leach) and Ben Torres (Patrevia Moore, Serena Smuckers, Ashley Walker).

Thank you to our data partners: Krista Del Gallo, Molly Thibodeaux and Molly Voyles (Texas Council on Family Violence), Sarah Jane Glynn (Center on American Progress), Eva Sikes (Texas RioGrande Legal Aid), Kristin Schumacher (California Budget & Policy Center) and Lila Valencia (Texas Demographic Center).

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