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This list of resources was generated by the Status of Women in Kenosha and Racine Advisory Committee based on our collective knowledge of resources (programs and services) for girls and women across the region.  Unfortunately, we are not aware of all the resources available to girls and women in southeast Wisconsin.

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19th Amendment and Women's Right to Vote Celebration

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American Association of University Women

National  website
Racine Branch website
Kenosha Branch Facebook

The AAUW was established in 1881 by a group of women alumna to encourage and support women in higher education.  AAUW has a long history of women as individuals (including supplying Madame Curie’ with radium for her experiments) and as a community.

AAUW has a wide variety of initiatives and programs, including: 

  • Research – analyzing gender equity issues in education and the workplace, including pay equity, barriers to women in leadership, women and girls in STEM, sexual harassment, etc. 
  • Public Policy – the public policy priorities of AAUW consist of specific policies to (1) support a strong system of public education that promotes gender fairness, equity, and diversity; (2) achieve economic and self-sufficiency for all women; (3) guarantee equality, individual rights and social justice for a diverse society. 
  • Legal Advocacy – AAUW works to challenge sex discrimination in higher education and the workplace. Its resources range from community outreach programs to backing major cases. 
  • STEM Education – AAUW has a long history of opening doors for women and girls in science, technology, engineering and mathematics through research, advocacy, hands-on resources and direct support of graduate women pursuing STEM and STEM-based community projects. 
  • Salary Negotiation – A recent initiative of AAUW is Start Smart, a program to teach women about to graduate how to negotiate a better salary. A related program is Work Smart, a similar program for women already in the workforce. AAUW has a goal of training 10 million women to negotiate their financial futures by 2022. 
  • Support of Graduate Women – AAUW is one of the largest funders of women graduate students, granting $3.9 million per year! Since 1881, over $115 million has been awarded to women from AAUW. 

At the local level, the branches focus on education, public policy, and community issues related to supporting and empowering women and girls. Some of the initiatives in which the Racine branch is engaged include: 

  • Scholarships for women currently attending college: Last year, the Racine branch awarded $13,000 in scholarships to women already enrolled in university or technical college.  
  • Helping sponsor the Girls Empowered by Math and Science (GEMS) Conference: Along with Girls INC of Southeast Wisconsin, Inc, UW-Parkside and the Racine Unified School District, the branch supports and sponsors an annual conference for middle-school girls which is held at Parkside. In January 2019, over 400 girls from Racine public schools participated in workshops on STEM topics and heard about STEM from speakers and panels. 
  • Supporting women in the community: Our branch’s Community Issues committee is engaged with the women and children at Bethany Apartments, which house women and their families who have experienced domestic abuse.  


Big Sisters of Greater Racine, Inc 

email |  262-633-8434  |

Big Sisters

  • Are women 18 years and older.
  • Have undergone a screening process and have submitted to and passed a police check.
  • Have a valid driver’s license and a car available to them.
  • Have attended a one hour orientation with the Director of Volunteers
  • Spend time on a regular basis with their Little Sister.
  • Are not substitute mothers, but rather, adult friends.
  • Provide friendship, guidance and encouragement to a young girl who could benefit from this type of one on one relationship.

Little Sisters | Girls age 5 - 14

  • Are referred to us by teachers, Social Workers, Counselors, Clergy, or other professionals.  We also take referrals from parents.
  • Are girls who want a Big Sister and whose parents want them to be in our program.
  • May remain in the program until they are 18 years old as long as they remain in school.
  • Come from all areas of Racine and are economically, culturally, and ethnically  diverse.
  • Enter our program for a variety of reasons:
  • Coming from a single parent home.
  • Needing the attention of a caring adult.
  • Needing motivation, help, or encouragement.
  • Benefiting from warmth and personal interest of a Big Sister.

Building our Future  

In partnership with Strive Together, a model in more than 70 communities nationwide, Building Our Future seeks better educational opportunities for students from cradle to career by uniting partners from every sector – community members, education, non-profit, business, faith, community, government and philanthropy – to a singular vision and common action. Using data, our networks provide targeted strategies, implement continuous improvement, and hold each other accountable. By agreeing on a shared goal, we align partners to move each outcome area: Kindergarten Readiness, Early Grade Reading, High School Completion, College & Career Readiness. No single person, program or provider can solve the challenges our children face in achieving their full potential.  


Fight to End Exploitation 

Michelle Peterson email  |

Fight to End Exploitation (FEE) is a 501 (c)(3) organization and collaborative network that advocates for human trafficking victims and educates the community. Formerly known as Racine Coalition Against Human Trafficking, FEE is a recognized leader against human trafficking. 

Prevent and Assist Victims through trained advocates. 

Provide technical trainings to system partners such as Case Workers, Educators, Law Enforcement, Social Workers, Medical Professionals, etc. 

Community Awareness through speakers, presentations, community events, film screenings, art, music and other resources. 

Fight to End Exploitation helps prevent conditions that foster human trafficking in southeastern Wisconsin through education, specialized training and outreach efforts. 


GEMS Conference

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Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast  |  800-565-4475  |

Girl Scouting in southeastern Wisconsin began more than 100 years ago, and today Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast (GSWISE) is more than 37,000 strong – serving 28,464 girls in grades K5-12 and 8,655 adults who believe in our mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who take the lead in making the world a better place. Girl Scouts is a G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader) ™ community focused on practicing everyday leadership. Girl Scouts began over 106 years ago with one woman, Girl Scouts’ founder Juliette Gordon “Daisy” Low, who believed in the power of every girl. We’re the preeminent leadership development organization for girls and young women. With programs in Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Walworth, Washington and Waukesha counties, we give every girl in our council the chance to reach her full leadership potential.  



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