Celebrating Women United
17 Years of Uniting Broward County’s Women
“Leading the charge, inspiring the change” is the credo of United Way of Broward County’s Women United, a powerful network of philanthropic women who are confronting head-on the most critical issues facing Broward County. Today through Women United, more than 900 women support United Way of Broward County’s work at a leadership level of $1,000 or more – and countless more women are committed to joining their ranks.
For Women United, that is an amazing achievement. Organized by Virginia I. (Ginny) Miller in 2003 as “Women’s Way,” the initiative has grown over the past 17 years from a small group of visionary women into a major movement in our community, bound by their belief in each other, in United Way’s mission and in Broward County.
Women’s Way was created for women leaders to organize and meet regularly to identify social service needs in our community and ways to answer those needs. Women’s Way’s first meeting was held February 7, 2003 at the Riverside Hotel, with 135 Broward County women in attendance.
In an early brochure, Women’s Way described itself as “being part of a network of gifted women committed to this community and the people in it. It’s about women having the opportunity to use their heads, hands and hearts to bring about change. It’s about women making a different through both philanthropy and volunteerism.”
In 2010, following the lead of United Way Worldwide, United Way of Broward County changed Women’s Way’s name to “Women’s Leadership Council” and then in 2015 to “Women United.” Today, through United Way Worldwide, there are more than 80,000 Women United donors in more than 165 communities across six countries, and more than $2 billion has been raised for local community issues.
As the U.S. celebrates the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment – giving women the right to vote – Women United’s leaders and volunteers are making their voices heard everywhere. From volunteering at United Way of Broward County’s Day of Caring to reading to children in local classrooms, from leading advocacy efforts in Tallahassee and Washington, D.C., to mentoring others for career growth, Women United is fighting for the health, education and financial stability of every person in Broward County. This diverse and vibrant group of women brings passion, expertise and empowerment to improve the community we call home.
Along the way, Women United shares networking, social and educational events for women of all ages, backgrounds and interests. One signature event is the three-part EAT.LIVE.SAVE. series, which highlights both fun and meaningful topics of interest; this year’s LIVE event, for example, focused on women military veterans. The 9th Annual Magnolia Luncheon will continue Women United’s annual tradition of thanking leadership-level donors with an entertaining morning while celebrating the achievements of outstanding women with the Woman of Inspiration and Women of Promise awards.
United Way of Broward County’s Women United invites your involvement. To learn more, click here.