The Bluegrass Alliance for Women (BAW) is open to all individuals and organizations that are committed to improving the economic status of women in the Bluegrass. Our mission is to create grassroots opportunities that empower women and girls in the areas of leadership, education, health and well-being, equity, and economic sufficiency.
BAW is rooted in The Governor’s Task Force on the Economic Status of Kentucky’s Women, convened in November 2001. Its charge was to examine obstacles to the economic progress of Kentucky women, identify solutions and develop a plan of action.
In 2002, under the direction of the Task Force, more than 300 individuals from 55 Kentucky counties worked for nearly a year on a groundbreaking project researching the challenges and barriers faced by the women in Kentucky.
Released in June, 2003, "A New Vision for Kentucky" was a detailed report of the Task Force’s recommendations based on the research findings.
In June 2003, the Kentucky Commission on Women convened the first biennial Summit on the Economic Status of Kentucky’s Women to develop strategies for implementing the Task Force recommendations. Highlighted was the significant need for new initiatives, new thinking and more importantly, a new vision for empowering women in the areas of economic sufficiency, education, equity, health and well-being and leadership. Summit participants were charged with the responsibility of delivering this message to their own areas and developing a plan of action.
The Bluegrass Alliance for Women, formally established in 2005, was initiated to spread this vision throughout the Bluegrass Area Development District and to empower women to make this vision a reality.
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