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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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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Some of Mary's Pence staff and board pictured with CESPPO-CLAC during a preliminary visit to El Salvador.

ESPERA

ESPERA Launches New Partnership with El Salvador-Based Organization

Not even a global pandemic could stop them. After 13 months in the making, ESPERA and La Asociación Coordinadora Salvadoreña de Pequeños Productores Organizados (CESPPO) officially launched the inauguration of...

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Mary's Pence grantee inspires African Diaspora women to participate meaningfully in political and civic life.

Grants

Civic and Political Participation are a Path to Essential Policy Change

Racism and sexism are systemic. To address systemic issues public policy must change. Several Mary’s Pence grantees are working directly to involve and support women, especially women of color, engaging...

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Dora Alicia, center, is participating in ESPERA’s online course. She is pictured with her colleagues Rubidia (left) and Jacqueline (right) showing their hashtag message assignment, which reads: “Self love, respect, dialogue, and communication are indispensable conditions for living without conflicts.”

ESPERA

Online Learning Opportunity Develops Women’s Leadership Skills for Personal Growth and Organizational Effectiveness

In the midst of a global pandemic and despite all the challenges that online learning can present, 21 women from our ESPERA program committed to a year-long online training program...

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