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.
The Women's Foundation of Arkansas will host its third annual Power of the Purse Luncheon on Monday,
March 9, in the John Q. Hammons Center in Rogers, Arkansas from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. WFA will
announce its 2015 grant award winners and recognize its 2015 Woman Business Leader of the Year.
For 16 years WFA has sustained the idea that improving the lives of women and girls in Arkansas ultimately
improves the health and wealth of our families and communities as a whole. In 1998, the Women's Foundation
of Arkansas's grant-making fund was launched at a luncheon honoring Arkansas Business Publishing Group's
Top 100 Women. WFA held its first Power of the Purse Luncheon in 1999 to announce the grants made
possible with the generous gifts of its founders. WFA now holds this signature fundraising event in Northwest
and Central Arkansas. The money raised at the luncheon allows WFA to continue making grants to deserving
educational projects and programs that serve women and girls across Arkansas, as well as to fund research
initiatives, Girls of Promise® conferences and day-to-day operations.
WFA is now accepting nominations for the Woman Business Leader of the Year. This award is designed to honor and preserve the names and exemplary accomplishments of women business leaders in Arkansas. Past award recipients include Judy McReynolds, CEO of Arkansas Best Corp., and Martha Moore, CEO and President of McCormick Works. Download the Honoree Nomination Criteria and Form and submit by December 31, 2014.