Women are the superheroes we need

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“The challenge now is not to allow the world to unsee the exemplary courage and leadership. Instead we must envision a world in which women are full participants in all spheres of our communities and economies, and take bold action.”

Women are the superheroes we need

By Patience Marime-Ball

From the inception of International Women’s Day in 1911 to its official recognition by the United Nations in 1975, each year has allowed us to celebrate the roles courageous women are playing around the world. What has set this International Women’s day apart is the scope and scale of women’s leadership that the world is witnessing. The challenge now is not to allow the world to unsee the exemplary courage and leadership. Instead we must envision a world in which women are full participants in all spheres of our communities and economies, and take bold action.  “What if” such a world could be our world? What environmental and social challenges would we overcome? 

It is within this context, and after more than a year of global fragility on a scale previously unseen, that WoWE’s mission to create resilient and sustainable investment systems by engaging women fully in capital markets is more important than ever. WoWE remains uniquely positioned to catalyze a path towards a world in which capital markets evolve to equally include women.

Although women have been disproportionately affected by the global crises, at no time in history have we seen more women step up within their communities and beyond in exemplary leadership roles. Women are the superheroes – they are at the forefront of communities, businesses and governments responding to COVID-19, racial inequities, and the climate crisis, from the frontlines to the highest level of decision making. Women “Changemakers” are driving the change we all want to see. I recently explored, in a blog, how we can fully unlock the potential of women as Changemakers. 

At WoWE, we are determined to accelerate our work to build the pathways and pools of capital to fuel changemaking by women and girls. We are grateful to those who have invested in WoWE to-date through donations into our Endowment Corpus. Your contributions are building a virtuous cycle of capital that generates strong risk adjusted returns and deep impact.  The Endowment achieved a 25% return on assets (from inception Apr. 2020 to Feb. 2021). Future WoWE correspondence will include reporting on the impact of our investments, alongside returns. You can sign up to receive the newsletter here

The year ahead presents many opportunities to build better and more inclusive capital markets, thereby creating more sustainable communities. Thank you for journeying with us.

With gratitude and best wishes for health,

Patience Marime-Ball
Founder & CEO
Women of the World Endowment

WoWE Launches Changemakers Series

This month WoWE launched The Changemakers Series, conversations with leaders from across the financial system working to invest in and through women as changemakers. The inaugural salon kicked off with Patience in conversation with WoWE Board Chair and Tara Health Foundation Founder & CEO Dr. Ruth Shaber, recognised in the Forbes Impact 50 for her contributions to the field of health and impact investing. The next salon will feature Jessica Robinson, author of the newly released book Financial Feminism, A Woman’s Guide to Investing in a Sustainable Future.

Highlights from WoWE’s Investment Strategy
The Urban Innovation Fund

The endowment made an investment into the Urban Innovation Fund (UIF), a venture capital firm co-founded by two women, that provides seed capital to entrepreneurs shaping the future of America’s cities. UIF meets key WoWE investment criteria. Through UIF, WoWE is investing at the intersection of gender and more inclusive access.  For example, UIF’s investee company Booknook Learning, a digital platform, brings access to world-class reading to children across America, including those in traditionally disenfranchised communities. Women make up more than 50% of Booknook Learning’s staff.

Investing in Prison Free Funds

WoWE invests at the intersection of gender and some of the world’s most pressing problems. This includes the eradication of modern slavery in the form of for-profit prison systems which disproportionately affect racial minorities and results in, mostly female-led, households in perpetual crisis.  WoWE’s investment strategy includes negative screens but we do the work of understanding the data and key indicators behind the screens. As You Sow released its Prison Free mutual fund and ETF educational tool, which enables investors to learn and thereby thoughtfully build and manage their portfolios.  Patience serves on the advisory board of As You Sow’s Prison Free Funds committee.

An endowment portfolio that prioritizes women and girls

WoWE’s public markets portfolio generated 25% return on assets (from inception April 2020) to February 2021. Our investment process puts women, girls, and their communities at the center, ensuring every endowment dollar delivers impact and generates market rate returns.  We evaluate each investment opportunity and weight our portfolio construction to investments that provide inclusive access and opportunity.

WoWE in the News

According to Impact Entrepreneur, “In 2018, Patience Marime-Ball founded WoWE and has been revolutionizing the use of an endowment to invest”. On Thursday April 1st, 2021 at 12pm EST, Patience joined Laurie Lane-Zucker, Founder and CEO of Impact Entrepreneur for their Impact Entrepreneurs Luminaries Series to discuss women as changemakers and highlight the innovative strategies that impact investors and philanthropies can employ as they embrace the fast-emerging field of gender-lens investing.

Align Impact a financial advisory firm focused exclusively on the impact marketplace has appointed WoWE Founder and CEO Patience Marime Ball to it’s investment advisory committee.

Apollo Global Management announced the creation of an Impact Advisory Committee and the appointment of WoWE Founder and CEO Patience Marime Ball to the committee.

Your donations to WoWE fuel our work of investing in, for, and through women to build a better world

By donating into our Endowment you are contributing to a world that values the full potential of women and girls. There are multiple ways to support WoWE. Donations can be made here. Donor Advised Fund donations here. Gifts of securities are also welcome. You can also contribute to WoWE with your Amazon purchases. Learn more about Amazon Smiles here.

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