All over the United States, thousands of women have set up local programs to improve people’s lives.
Two examples are Kathy Levin, who started Magic Me in Baltimore, a program through which children living in the inner city gained self-confidence by helping people in old-age homes, and Rita Zimmer, who set up Women in Need in New York City, an organization that runs a shelter for homeless women, a food canteen, and day-care services.
Candy Lightner founded Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) in 1980, after her daughter was killed by a drunk driver.
In 1994 muralists Juana Alicia, Miranda Bergman, Edythe Boone, Susan Kelk Cervantes, Meera Desai, Yvonne Littleton, and Irene Perez painted the outside of the Women’s Building in San Francisco with inspiring images of women.
According to its mission statement, “the Women’s Building is a neighborhood and women’s center committed to providing the tools, resources and information for women and girls to reach their full potential and participate equally in the governance of their lives and their communities.”