What We Do

IMG_1506The Zonta Foothills Club of Boulder County is a proud member of Zonta International and as such, we are committed to service and advocacy that supports women and girls. Our club takes those jobs very seriously. Our service and advocacy efforts focus on education, safety and equality. These these efforts:

Service

We studied our community to see where we would have the greatest impact and according to statistics in the 2013 Boulder Community Foundation “Boulder County Trends” report , Boulder is ranked first in the nation for the highest percentage of women with higher education degrees…as women in this community we can be proud of that, but it makes it all the more important that we address this statistic from the Women’s Foundation of Colorado 20113 Status of Women and Girls in Colorado report:IMG_0357

In Colorado, as in the United States as a whole, women with a bachelor’s degree or higher are much less likely than those with lower levels of education to be poor. In the state, 27 percent of women with less than a high school diploma live in poverty, compared with 15 percent of women with a high school diploma or the equivalent, 11 percent of women with some college education or an associate’s degree, and just 4 percent of women with a bachelor’s degree or higher.

We believe it is our obligation to insure educational opportunities for all women and girls in our community. That’s why Zonta Foothills Club created Zonta EducateZ in 2010. Its mission is to:

Support women’s education and empowerment at all levels as a way of improving the status of women.

Zonta EducateZ project and all of the work of Zonta Foothills Club builds on the many of things we worked passionately for over the since our charter in 1982. We hope that our work and financial support, past, present and future will make it possible for girls to stay in school, plan for post secondary educations, attain financial independence, build self-esteem and live safe and healthy lives.

Advocacy

“Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women” is a Zonta International campaign to raise awareness of and increase actions to end violence against women and girls around the world. We take this international project and expand it into Boulder County through partnerships with MESA (Moving to End Sewxual Assault), the Boulder Valley Schools, the University of Colorado Gender Justice League, and others.  Our work here is never done.

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We have also been the driving force behind the formation of the Women’s Collaborative of Boulder County.  Recognizing the importance of link-minded organizations working together to support women, we started to this group to share goals, plans and updates on legislation and activities to help improve the lives of women in our community.

 

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