A lot is required for a community to be a place where women are true equal partners in every aspect of civic life and Madison is a place where many of those elements can be found.
But for almost a quarter of a century now, A Fund for Women has been among the most important sources of economic empowerment for all women in our community.
Last week the Madison Community Foundation giving partner, A Fund for Women, announced over $100,000 in grants to six programs increasing opportunities for women for education and family-sustaining jobs.
That brings the fund's total to more than $1.2 million since 1993.
That's real money for folks at Centro Hispano, the YWCA, DAIS, the Road Home, the Doyenne Group and the Odyssey Project to offer education, training, financial literacy and more to empower women and reduce poverty.
Money talks above the lip service often payed to making sure all women and girls thrive.