Women's Stories Archive - Mary's Pence
Photo of woman sitting at sewing machine showing her seamstress shop in El Salvador.

How the Global Pandemic Touches the Lives of ESPERA Women in Central America and Mexico

Even though it’s only been a couple months, mid- March feels like a lifetime ago. That’s when 15 women – all representatives of ESPERA partner organizations – and ESPERA staff joined for two days of meetings of the ESPERA Evaluation Steering Committee in Suchitoto, El Salvador. Together they continued their review and discussion of the […]

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Grants

Deconstructing Male Supremacism and Misogyny

Understanding and combating male supremacist ideals and culture is the focus of the Institute for Research on Male Supremacism (IRMS). Founded in 2019, IRMS is committed to supporting researchers exposing...

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Friends and family sitting outside Tortilleria Maria Luis

ESPERA

Memorializing a Vibrant Spirit

When Maria Luisa Mejia passed away in January 2020, she left behind an impressive legacy. The Coordinator of our ESPERA partner Red de Mujeres in Morelos, Mexico, Maria Luisa was...

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Families & Criminal Justice

Grants

Responding to the Challenge Grassroots Organizations Face in Securing Start-Up Funding

Nonprofit organizations often rely heavily upon grants to fund projects and develop new programs. But grant funding can be difficult; it’s time consuming to look for and identify qualifying grant...

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Nancy Johnson and her dad Nicholas

Community

Donating to Mary’s Pence: A Daughter Honoring Her Dad

Along with her most recent donation to Mary's Pence, Nancy Johnson noted that she was motivated to give because of her personal belief in helping women...and to honor her dad....

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Brenda at Concertacion de la Mujer de Suchitoto

ESPERA

ESPERA Participants and Employees of ESPERA Partners Benefit From Online Course

Brenda Sarahí isn’t a typical ESPERA program participant. As the employee of one of ESPERA’s partners that supports women in agro business, Brenda is participating in ESPERA’s online learning course...

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Mary's Pence Board Chair Carol Fendt

Community

Volunteers and Donors Invest in the Lives of Women

Greetings!  My name is Carol Fendt, and I am starting my 5th year as a Board Member for Mary’s Pence. Prior to serving as a member of the board, I...

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Dreams are Possible. Women working

Grants

Preparing Women for Jobs in Traditionally Male-Dominated Sectors

Mary’s Pence has always been an advocate for women’s full equality and participation in all aspects of society. One nonprofit that shares Mary’s Pence’s commitment to equity is Dreams are...

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Mary's Pence Board and Staff Planning Meeting

ESPERA

In Her Own Words: Gilda Larios Reflects on her Productive Visit to the U.S.

Before I explain the purpose of my visit to the U.S. this summer, let me give you the bigger picture of what’s happening in Latin America these days with regard...

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Young woman using megaphone at protest with Mary's Pence Grantee Youth Activism Project

Grants

Youth Activism Project Provides a Space for Youth to Develop Activism and Leadership Skills

Youth Activism Project is based in Washington D.C. but impacts youth across the country.  The two-time Mary’s Pence grantee trains teens to become activist leaders in their communities–leaders who are...

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