Gender Equity Progress to be Highlighted Jan. 8 

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Dec. 18, 2019) — The Women’s Fund of Rhode Island (WFRI) is hosting an event to highlight the key findings of an updated report that tracks the economic, financial, and educational roadblocks that girls and women in Rhode Island continue to face. Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea is expected to deliver opening remarks at the Rhode Island State House on January 8 beginning at 6 p.m.

The report, titled “An Uneven Path: State Investments in Women’s Economic Self-Sufficiency 2019,” drew on state budget documents, Rhode Island’s Standard of Need report, the U.S. Census Bureau, and other publicly available information to gauge the state’s progress on gender equity.

Gorbea, the first Hispanic woman elected to statewide office in New England, will deliver the introductory remarks. “The Women’s Fund of Rhode Island and Economic Progress continue to be a staunch supporter of equitable social change. Many girls and women across Rhode Island are denied access to important resources that are vital to strengthening our economy, and these findings could help pave the way for real systemic change,” Gorbea said. “As someone who was personally inspired by the work of the Women’s Fund, I am honored to address the event’s attendees.”

The panelists include Rachel Flum, executive director of the Economic Progress Institute and Paula Hodges, founder of Anchor Strategies and facilitator of Women’s Policy Institute.

Kelly Nevins, executive director of the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island, stated, “We have an impressive lineup of speakers who understand the economic impact of women in our community, and I am thrilled that they are joining us in January to raise awareness of the social injustice families must contend with to remain financially stable.”

The event also serves as the premiere of designed banners commemorating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which granted many women the right to vote. The banners will remain on display at the State House through Feb. 21, 2020.

Funding and support was provided by the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, which is dedicated to promoting cultural heritage, civic education, and community engagement.

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Tickets are available here (

About Women’s Fund of Rhode Island
The Women’s Fund of Rhode Island is a non-profit organization located in Providence, Rhode Island.  The mission of the WFRI is to invest in women and girls in our community through research, advocacy, grant making and strategic partnerships designed to advance gender equity through systemic change.  For more information, visit

Economic Progress Institute
The Economic Progress Institute is a nonpartisan research and policy organization dedicated to improving the economic well-being of low-and modest-income Rhode Islanders. Since the organization was founded by Linda Katz and the late Nancy Gewirtz in 1999, the Institute has become an authority on issues impacting the economic vitality of Rhode Island residents. For more information, visit