Happy International Women’s Day! While we believe every day is an opportunity to celebrate women around the globe, this International Women’s Day Solento is recognizing five outstanding women in charity who make our world a better place. Join us in saluting these non-profit pioneers who uphold our values of equality, eco preservation, and paving the way for other fantastic females. We would love to sip Solento with every person on this list!
Dr. Jane Goodall is known for her long-term research of chimpanzees in Tanzania, but the scope of her work extends far beyond the study of chimps. Advocating for the ethical treatment of animals globally and preservation of natural habitats, Goodall has been named a UN Messenger of Peace. Even today at the age of 87, she travels full time speaking on behalf of environmental crises and urging people around the world to take action and protect Earth.
At only 15 years old, Greta Thunberg became globally known as an environmental activist. Four years later, she continues to challenge world leaders to take immediate action for climate change mitigation. In 2018, she founded Friday For Future, a youth-led movement encouraging students to make their voices heard in government as they advocate for their futures.
Zainab Salbi founded Women for Women International at the age of 23, a humanitarian organization created to support female survivors of war. Through offering access to life-changing skills, Women for Women International works to move women from crisis and poverty to stability and economic self-sufficiency. Since 1993, the organization has helped 500,000 women learn the skills needed to support their families and rebuild their communities.
Reshma Saujani is a lawyer, politician, and activist who created the non-profit organization Girls Who Code in 2012. After becoming aware of the gender disparity in the tech industry, Saujani sought to close this gap by providing young women with educational opportunities in computer science. In the years since its founding, Girls Who Code programs have reached 300,000 girls globally.
Kristen Lear, Ph.D. is an Endangered Species Interventions Specialist leading Bat Conservation International’s Agave Restoration Initiative, a project near to our hearts. Her work focuses on restoring and protecting the habitats of endangered bats who pollinate agave naturally, which aids in the long-term preservation of agave, both wild and cultivated. By preserving the bat population and health of natural agave, BCI is also supporting community livelihoods in Mexico.