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Join impromtu conversations on current issues impacting women of Arkansas. Each conversation begins with a panel of women experts to open a discussion on a set topic. The floor is then opened to the audience for a deeper conversation.
WFA's Designing Women event is a fun night out celebrating Arkansas women designers and supporting education-focused programming for women and girls. Each year WFA recognizes the state's top women designers in three fields.
WFA is creating a directory of Arkansas women's organizations, direct-service providers, women's owned businesses and more!
WFA's grant-making program supports programs that work to improve the economic viability of women and girls through focused philanthropic efforts in areas of education.
Since 2000, Girls of Promise has introduced thousands of 8th grade girls across Arkansas to information about careers in areas related to economics, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (ESTEM) while giving them the opportunity to meet with women professionals in those fields.
The mission of the Women's Foundation of Arkansas (WFA) is to promote philanthropy among women and to help women and girls achieve their full potential. 

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Research
Just the Facts, Ma’am: Benefits of the Affordable Care Act for the Women of Arkansas is a two-page fact sheet developed by WFA's Policy and Research Committee in December 2013.

1973-2013: A Then and Now Report on the Status of Women in Arkansas is the first update since the original 1973 Report by the Arkansas Commission on Status of Women was published. 

Examining the Future Plans of High School Girls in Arkansas: 2012 explores how and if things have changed in terms of the plans of young women after high school graduation. Click above to read the complete report.

A collection of economic data from the political subdivisions across Arkansas is used in the report Women's Social and Economic Status in Arkansas to determine women's social and economic status. This study found that women in Arkansas fare poorly economically and that wide disparities based on gender, race, ethnicity and region exist.
New Research Reveals Barriers Facing Arkansas’s Women and Girls and Their Impacts to the State’s Economy

Oct. 29, 2014 - The Women’s Foundation of Arkansas released three new studies that examine the impact of teen pregnancy and birth on education; the perceptions women have about the status of women in the home, workforce, and politics; and the links between education of women and girls to Arkansas's economic future. Hard copies of the reports are available for $10/each. Electronic copies are available for $3/each. Sales of the report go toward printing and postage costs. To order copies, click here.
Joan Johnson of Fayetteville to be Honored as Woman Business Leader of the Year at Annual Power of the Purse Luncheon

                                                                Joan Johnson, co-founder and president of White River                                                                 Hardwood-Woodworks, Inc.®, will be honored as the                                                                 Women's Foundation of Arkansas's Woman Business                                                                 Leader of the Year at the 3rd annual Power of the Purse                                                                 luncheon on March 9.

                                                                Joan manages the day-to-day operations at White                                                                 River, leads the development of WhiteRiver.com,                                                                 an award winning website, and has served as the                                                                 lead designer since 1979. Joan studied classical                                                                 architecture abroad and in New York City with the                                                                 Institute of Classical Architecture.    

She was on the Northwest Arkansas Homebuilders Board of Directors for more than seven years, during which time she chaired committees that instituted the annual NWA Homeshow and the Parade of Homes. Joan has served as a judge for the Northwest Arkansas StartUp Cup, a business model competition that encourages entrepreneurship, and is a member of the TEDxFayetteville organizing committee.

​Susan McPherson, founder and CEO of McPherson Strategies, a communications consultancy focusing on the intersection between brands and social good, will be the keynote speaker.

The event will be held at the John Q. Hammons Center in Rogers, Arkansas, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. An auction will take place at 10:30 a.m. 

Reservations for the luncheon are $100 per individual and $1,000 for a table of 10. Click here to secure your reservations today.