Empower, Educate, Liberate


The feminist revolution made great strides towards liberating women but in many ways the end result was women took upon themselves more responsibilities that effectively prevented them from truly achieving leadership positions in economic and political arenas.

The prime time to develop one’s career is between 20 and 35. This is also biologically the best time for a woman to become a mother. Statistics still show women are kept from fully pursuing their careers and even more so if they are mothers balancing children with full time work. Moreover, women who take upon themselves this responsibility of also raising the next generation, which is the most important thing in the world, are then discriminated against upon their return to the marketplace.

During this time, women are susceptible to financial dependency and losing their sense of liberty.

We believe economic independence is the key to personal freedom, and freedom means happiness.

Co-founded by Illana Shoshan, Miss Israel of 1980 and voted Miss Israel of All Time in 2010, and Yael Swerdlow, the Women’s Empowerment Foundation mission is to educate, enrich, and connect women to each other.

Women traditionally make their journey to empowerment, if they make it at all, in tortured silence. They are too busy raising the children, looking after their spouses, and now, all too often, caring for their aging parents, to think about their own needs until it’s too late.

Instead, women suffer alone, and more and more, without the safety and support that a community provides, women give up on themselves. Without that mirror to reflect their inherent value, they wither, invisible to even themselves.

The Women’s Empowerment Foundation mission is to provide this most necessary ingredient for that journey to empowerment: Community.

WEF focuses on the practical as well as the spiritual, the educational and the economic.

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Women of California winning the right to vote, the Women’s Empowerment Foundation, in partnership with the Museum of Tolerance, is launching a specifically designed lecture series, focusing on the educational, economic and spiritual aspects of empowerment.

Seeking Suffrage to Living Liberty: Discussions of Women’s Empowerment Past and Present.

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