Invest in Change
Through Rachel’s Network, we make connections and pursue productive relationships with partners, harnessing our collective influence to support solutions. True to our mission, our programs and strategic partnerships have had a lasting impact on promoting women as change-makers and advancing a healthy, thriving world. Our most recent collaborations include:
Fighting Antibiotic Overuse on Farms
A shocking 80 percent of antibiotics sold in the US are given to livestock. These “sub-therapeutic” antibiotics are contributing to the emergence of drug-resistant bacteria in humans. A partnership between Rachel’s Network and As You Sow is working to address the overuse of antibiotics on farms. Supported by a grant from Rachel’s Network members, As You Sow is pressing corporations like Burger King, Hormel Foods, and Wendy’s to adopt responsible antibiotic-use policies through shareholder resolutions and investor education and mobilization. To complement this effort, Rachel’s Network is also supporting the Antibiotic Resistance Action Center (ARAC) at the George Washington University, and their research connecting the dots between antibiotic use in livestock and antibiotic resistant infections in humans.
Supporting Women Environmental Entrepreneurs
Rachel’s Network teamed up with Ashoka — the world’s largest network of social entrepreneurs – to promote women who are pioneering environmental innovation. In 2014, we provided a three-year grant to Fellow Janelle Orsi to accelerate her work building the legal infrastructure for the sharing economy. Our search also helped build Ashoka’s pipeline of women leaders and environmental entrepreneurs poised for potential future fellowships. Learn more about the Fellowship and how you can nominate a candidate.
Surveying Women Landowners
Rachel’s Network helped American Farmland Trust (AFT) launch a survey of women landowners who lease their property for agricultural production. AFT anticipates that approximately “230 million acres of farmland will change hands during the next 20 years, with women potentially owning a majority of the land that is transferred. This transition will, among other impacts, create a major opportunity for encouraging the use of conservation practices on farmland.” This survey was the critical first step to better understanding women landowners and the barriers they face, thus enabling AFT to customize resources and technical assistance on a national scale.
Illustrating the Truth Behind Everyday Chemicals
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Silent Spring and advance the conversation about toxic chemicals in America, Rachel’s Network collaborated with Earth Focus to produce an investigative report: UNSAFE: The Truth Behind Everyday Chemicals. The program was broadcast on LinkTV and KCET starting in January 2014, reaching thousands of viewers on television and online.
“It’s important to me to be part of this wider community with a wider outlook, and it’s a privilege to be among women who are so courageous. I feel buoyed by their presence.”
– Mary Bookwalter, Indiana