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Excellent blend of research and real-world guidance for those who want to support grassroots organizations and for those who want to start them.

Visit the Criterion Institute site to read the report.


The Ms. Foundation invests in and strengthens the capacity of women-led movements to advance meaningful social, cultural and economic change in the lives of women.

By funding game changing organizations that are successfully addressing pivotal issues of affordable child care with living wage jobs; equal pay, fighting gender-based violence, and more – the organization is having a impact on the lives of women, children, families, and communities.

Take a look at the 2018 annual report to see the results of their work and learn more about their inspiring leaders and supporters

Annual Report on Inequality in 1,200 Popular Films

Annual Report on Inequality in 1,200 Popular Films

The Annenberg Inclusion Initiative annual report on inequality in 1,200 Popular Films. The report examines gender, race/ethnicity, the LGBTQ community, and characters with disabilities across 1,200 popular films from 2007 to 2018.


Dr. Stacy L. Smith, Marc Choueiti and Dr. Katherine Pieper
Hannah Clark, Ariana Case & Sylvia Villenueva
USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative (February 2019)


Supermajority is a new home for women's activism, training and mobilizing a multiracial, intergenerational community that will fight for gender equity together.


Inspired by Naomi Klein's international non-fiction bestseller. Filmed over 211 days in nine countries and five continents over four years, THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING is an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change. From executive producers Seth MacFarlane, Danny Glover, Shepard Fairey, and Alfonso Cuarón.

Read the review at NY Times


Madre’s grassroots partners are women leaders who protect and provide for communities facing war and disaster. Together, they build skills, strengthen local organizations and advance progressive movements. And bring women's demands to policymakers and advocate for rights, resources and results.


At a time when women make up 50.8% of the U.S. population, just 4.2% of the 100 top-grossing American films are made by female directors; and that statistic hasn’t changed over the last decade. Sundance Institute has provided unprecedented opportunities for thousands of unique voices to flourish for 35 years.

The Mission of The Representation Project is to use film and media as catalysts for cultural transformation, They inspire individuals and communities to challenge limiting gender stereotypes and shift norms. Jennifer Siebel Newsom’s third film isThe Great American Lie. Funded in part by Philanthopist and Activist, Suzanne Lerner.

The organization has become well known for creating popular social media activism campaigns such as #NotBuyingIt, #AskHerMore, and #RepresentHer.

The goal of Roc United is to improve wages and working conditions for the 13 million people who work in America's restaurant industry.

Researched and published annually by The Center for the Advancement of Women at Mount Saint Mary’s University, The Report on the Status of Women and Girls in California™ is the most comprehensive collection of data on women and girls in our state. The 2019 Report: Intersections: Identity, Access & Equity, will examine how race, age and socio-economic status, among other factors, shape the lives of women and girls in our state.