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#ShePersists in LIPPI and YWI to advance gender equity in Western MA.

Perhaps we should say #TheyPersist because all of the women, girls, and men who work together to make these program sessions possible are staying strong to move the dial toward gender equity.


The LIPPIstas had their second to last session of the year this past weekend. They were joined by two guest speakers; Katie Zobel, President/CEO of the Community Foundation of Western MA, and Leah Wing, UMass Faculty Member in Legal Studies and Co-Director of the National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution.

Alicia Gay, our Community Investments Coordinator, said that the recent meetings have been a place for everyone to come together and share how they’re managing the COVID-19 crisis.


YWI has been meeting through Zoom collectively and separately by task force. Alycia Gay introduced grantmaking strategies and the specific process they will be using to select the organizations to grant their funds to.

The young women leaders are excited to embark on the participatory grantmaking project and create change in Springfield for gender equity.