Gender equality is profoundly connected to issues of health, poverty, reproductive rights, education and climate justice. Despite improvements in the U.S. and in many other countries, gender inequalities are still deep-rooted in nearly every society. Too often, women and girls are denied access to basic education and health care, and are victims of violence and discrimination. Women suffer from lack of access to decent work and gender wage gaps. They are under-represented in political and economic decision-making processes.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, women have been on the front lines of the health crisis, representing the majority of health care workers, social workers and educators.

Women are also on the front lines of the climate crisis, and bear the primary responsibility for water collection in many low-resource communities. This leaves many women with little time for school, work or child care.

The Godley Family Foundation is committed to promoting gender equality and to supporting the efforts of grassroots women leaders who are making a difference on issues of health and climate change in communities around the world.

"Some initiatives, designed primarily to ensure rights and foster equality, also have cascading benefits to climate change. They include access to high-quality, voluntary reproductive healthcare and to high-quality, inclusive education, which are fundamental human rights and cornerstones of gender equality."