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Spring 2023


In my first thirty days as your new Executive Director, I learned more from community members about the issues facing women and girls on the South Coast and collaborative efforts to address inequities. When the Texas decision was made, the Women's Fund joined the Women's Alliance in rallying to oppose the far reaching limitations that further erode reproductive rights. We amplified our advocacy efforts by engaging with young women from the region to expand their leadership skills and learn more about using their voice and standing in their power at the Girls Empowerment and Leadership Initiative. Collectively, we will join women across the Commonwealth for Advocacy Day on May 31. Read more below to learn more about how you can get involved with our upcoming events and initiatives to fuel gender and racial equity. 

Christine Monska

Executive Director

Girls Empowerment and

Leadership Initiative

April 19th, 2023

Executive Director, Christine Monska and two New Bedford students, Elena Monteiro and Keyanna Jones attended the MCSW's Girls Empowerment and Leadership Initiative. They presented The Fundamentals of Finding Your Voice session to young leaders from all across the state who came together to learn about civic advocacy, public speaking, economic empowerment, and so much more.

Together, we are building the future leaders of tomorrow, today. 

Pictured above: SouthCoast GELI - women and girls from the South Coast! Christine Monska, Elena Monteiro, Keyanna Jones and Bristol County Commission on the Status of Women's former Chair, Stephanie Taylor is also pictured with two youth from Taunton. 

Women's Fund SouthCoast

Board Vice President, Cynthia

Cummings and Founder, Bettina Borders

Rally for Reproductive Justice!

The Women’s Fund SouthCoast and other members of the Women’s Alliance and the Our Bodies Our Lives Coalition rallied on Saturday, April 15th from 11 am -12 pm at the Federal Building located at 53 N Sixth Street in New Bedford. We marched to protest the Texas ruling which threatens to have far-reaching ramifications for women, girls, and other birthing people in Massachusetts, especially our region. 

In a letter to the New Bedford Light members of the Women’s Alliance wrote, “By the time Roe v. Wade was overturned on June 24, 2022, it was clear that not only abortion but access to birth control and hard-won LBGTQ+ rights could also be in jeopardy. The mission of the coalition is to educate, empower, engage, facilitate, support, and protect the right to personal body freedom.” 

Click here to read the full letter from our Executive Director

Will you invest in a future that ensures all women, girls and gender expansive people on the South Coast have the tools they need to thrive? 

An anonymous donor is offering $5,000 dollar for dollar match to the Women’s Fund SouthCoast, if the community can raise an additional $5,000 before June 30th. This generous promise of support is made in recognition of the important work the WFSC does to improve the lives of women and girls. All funds will be used to further the mission of our Fund as we continue to ensure equity and opportunities in our SouthCoast communities.

Your Investment in our collective future helps fuel gender and racial justice

A gift to the Women’s Fund SouthCoast is a wonderful way to honor a special woman in your life this Mother's Day. You know her well — whether she's your mother, sister, aunt, cousin, friend, or colleague, she has impacted your life positively and always inspired you to live your life in full bloom!
Your honoree will receive a beautiful card acknowledging your donation and a paper flower celebrating her will be added to our Garden of Giving display at our office at 65 William Street in New Bedford. Stroll by with your honoree any time during May to view your generous gift! 
Honor someone special today!

To ensure your card arrives on time to your honoree, please donate your gift of $25 or more by May 3rd. 


Black Maternal Health Week

(click here to learn more)

April 11th- 17th was Black Maternal Health Week- a national week of action that aims to raise awareness around racial inequities in maternal health across the USA.

Sacred Birthing Village SouthCoast

The Birthing Project is a volunteer effort focused on revitalizing the community around maternal wellness and creating an experience and process that centers the voices, and experiences of the BIPOC community to encourage better birth outcomes by providing practical support to women during pregnancy and up to one year after their child's birth. It helps women find the emotional freedom necessary to identify and use the resources to care for themselves and their families.  

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