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Where Are the Champions for Women?

on Thursday, May 11, 2017. Posted in The Madsen Blog "Centre Piece"


As this Mother’s Day approaches, I find it particularly ironic to be advocating for the same support for women as our founder did four decades ago.  Helen Gordon Davis opened this nonprofit to help women who needed extra support just to survive -- serious counseling, intense skills development, assistance to the homeless and domestic violence populations, legal advice, financial guidance and the restored confidence to lead independent lives.  She advocated for and was successful in persuading the State Legislature to create a Displaced Homemakers Program and fund it with a Trust Fund comprised of fees from marriage licenses and divorce applications.