WomenOf.org, is a directory and data resource base for women in business, arts, sciences and many more fields. This new direction is a more comprehensive project meant to empower and share knowledge so that women can find mentors, venues, and additional information to grow and succeed.
The idea of WomenOf.org nonprofit started in 2017 while I was living abroad in Mexico City. I had originally thought that I would build a fair-trade type of nonprofit to assist women sell their handmade products around the world. The idea came after I passed a woman on a local street who was selling aprons that she had made. She was well into her senior years and she was engaged in this enterprise of survival.
Since that point, I returned to the United States and have been part of the movement of women working together to fight for our rights. The challenge of pooling resources and information to support women in their work has galvanized the new direction for WomenOf.org
And the first part of this new concept in building a directory and resource center is Women Composers in Higher Education. A woman composer myself, I’ve often wondered about women composers teaching in higher education and where to access this information. Because no database contained specifically this information, I went about creating a survey and database to make it open to the public. So this first project is underway!
The original idea of a fair-trade-meets-etsy initiative will also be further developed and integrated into the overall purpose of WomenOf.org