SOAR Tools

Join the conversation. We’ve designed tools to spur thoughtful, bold conversations and drive actionable change.

Are you ready to embrace your role as a leader and create change? The following guideline will help you to think strategically about how to take action.

Action Plan

There are many easy ways to learn, reflect, and inspire other women in your community – like hosting a watch party, facilitating a discussion, or engaging with the event on social media.

Watch Party and Discussion Guide

Start by expressing your commitment to changing the world for women and girls. Download a commitment card to guide your next steps and share with your community.

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Be part of our global discussion! Use #WeLeadWeSOAR to connect with others in the SOAR community and tag @AIFWG. Check out our template social content and feel free to create your own or share unique photos from your experience.

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Download our fact sheet and other reports and recommendations from members of the Aspen Institute Forum on Women and Girls community:

Fact Sheet for the Aspen Institute Forum on Women and Girls

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Excerpts from The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink; Personal Action, Collective Impact, By Anne Mosle

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The Relationship Between the Global Food Security Index and Women’s Reproductive Health, by the Economist Intelligence Unit and Aspen Global Leaders Council for Reproductive Health

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Family Planning is the Missing Investment, by the Aspen Global Leaders Council for Reproductive Health

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The Population-Climate Connection: Why Family Planning is a Win-Win for Women and the Planet, by the Aspen Global Leaders Council for Reproductive Health

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When Women Succeed, America Succeeds: Women’s Economic Empowerment 2020, by Ascend at the Aspen Institute

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Sustaining the Movement: Changing the Culture, Promising Practices Across Sectors to Stop Sexual Harassment, by the Aspen Forum on Women and Girls

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Promising Practices for Addressing Harassment in the STEM Workplace: How to Lead in Today’s Environment, by the Urban Institute

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By the Numbers:

The data is clear: When we achieve gender equity, the power shifts to those who need it most and results in better outcomes for all. While there is a direct link between the status of women economically, politically, and socially and the health of nations, women lag far behind in the U.S. and around the world.

In the U.S., 42 million women and 28 million children live on the economic brink

The Shriver Report

Globally, women are paid less than men. Women in most countries earn on average only 60 to 75 percent of men’s wages

World Bank

When paid and unpaid work are combined, women in developing countries work more than men, with less time for education, leisure, political participation and self-care

UN Women

As of June 2016, only 22.8 percent of all national parliamentarians were women

Inter-Parliamentary Union

More than 150 countries have at least one law that is discriminatory towards women

World Bank

It is estimated that 81% of women and 43% of men in the U.S. have experienced some form of sexual harassment and/or assault in their lifetimes

Stop Street Harassment

Women’s foundations fill a gap in giving to women and girls by actively raising and granting millions of dollars annually. 

Women's Philanthropy Institute