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A Celebration of Women and All We Do!
By Danielle Burns

March 8, 2014 was International Woman's Day. That was a great day to reflect on the social, political and economic achievements of women, and the positive impacts women have on our families, communities, and the organizations with which we are involved.

From an investment perspective, let’s also take a moment to celebrate the fact that the ROI (return on investment) in women is truly significant and being more widely recognized and appreciated.

For example, USAID has found that “programs that provide women opportunities to better their health, education, and well-being have effects far beyond a single individual. A woman multiplies the impact of an investment made in her future by extending benefits to the world around her.”

On International Women’s Day in 2012, the Calvert Foundation launched its Women Investing in Women Campaign (WIN-WIN). Since then, in two short years, the Foundation has provided over $20 million in loans to organizations that empower women through affordable housing, access to finance, healthcare, education, and environmental stewardship.

The impact of these efforts has been impressive. This infographic offers a visual representation of the positive impact women are having on businesses and people around the world.

Through other initiatives, like the Mercy Corps Women’s Empowerment and Gender Program, women are able to identify the means and opportunities that allow them to be involved at the highest level and leverage the support to create healthy communities where their families live and work.

At First Affirmative, we believe that women deserve such reflection and appreciation every day. Women are increasingly relevant to businesses globally as operations, markets, and supply chains continue to expand in the developing world. In most cases, the business argument has already been made; but it is critically important that we continue to inspire and empower women to seek equality, and encourage everyone to look beyond the gender lens.


First Affirmative understands that the ways we save, spend, and invest can dramatically influence both the fabric and consciousness of society. We believe that in addition to the benefits of ownership, investors bear responsibility for the impact our money has in the world. Are you making conscious decisions about the impact of your consumer purchase and investment decisions?

Mention of specific companies or securities should not be considered a recommendation to buy or sell that security. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

Posted: April 14, 2014