Equitable Growth receives funding to advance women’s power, gender equality, and care economy

Melinda French Gates’ Pivotal funds organization as part of $1 billion global commitment

Elena Waskey, ewaskey@equitablegrowth.org

WASHINGTON – The Washington Center for Equitable Growth announced today that it has received funding from Pivotal as part of Melinda French Gates’ commitment to women’s power in the United States and around the world.

“I’m honored that Equitable Growth has received this support from Melinda French Gates to advance gender equality and the care economy in the United States,” said Equitable Growth President and CEO Shayna Strom. “Research shows that gender inequality harms the economy and economic growth, and we need evidence-backed policies aimed at reducing that inequality.”

Today, Melinda French Gates announced she is committing an additional $1 billion to organizations across the world through 2026 to advance women’s power. This includes the Washington Center for Equitable Growth and other organizations that aim to advance women’s power and equality. These grants will be structured to provide flexible funding to spend as organizations see fit.

“My commitment is to ensure we are doing more to unlock women and girls’ power and we are accelerating progress now,” said Melinda French Gates, founder of Pivotal. “The organizations we’re working with have a proven track record in fighting to protect women’s rights and advancing their power and influence in the United States. I look forward to all they will continue to accomplish.”


The Washington Center for Equitable Growth is a nonprofit research and grantmaking organization dedicated to advancing evidence-backed ideas and policies that promote strong, stable, and broad-based economic growth. For more information, see www.equitablegrowth.org and follow us on Twitter and Facebook @equitablegrowth. 

May 28, 2024


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