Grants for women increasing with $27.5 million award

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college graduatesConsidering the fact that women outnumber men in U.S. colleges, and in the U.S. workforce, it might be difficult to understand that grants for women are still a great necessity in this country and worldwide. "Women are under-served and overlooked, and suffer continuously from unfair practices such as gender discrimination, gender underestimation, and even gender harassment", according to grantsforwomen.org.

Vicky Phillips, founder of GetEducated.com, lists four reasons why education grants for women are important:
  1. Women statistically make less money than men and so are less likely to be able to afford a college education.
  2. Once-divorced women almost always have custody of the kids and so need extra money to support the family. They must pay the double burden of tuition costs plus childcare if they return to college after the age of 21.
  3. Women are more conservative fiscally than men and are more likely to let the high sticker price of education stop them from enrolling. They need more financial incentives and tuition discounting up front to encourage them to enroll.
  4. Even when employed in a good career women still make less than men for the same jobs and same job performance, so education indebtedness (student loans) is more expensive for women than for men when averaged over the course of a lifetime.
For women beyond traditional college age (beyond the 18- to 22-year-olds), education grants for women are even more necessary "because most women attending college who are not still under their parents' support, have been supporting themselves by working. This income eliminates most of them from eligibility for any state or federal grant money, which are big sources of grant money for the typical college student under their parents' support," according to Alisa LeSueur, a former certified college planning specialist, on the website CustomFinancialAidStrategies.com.

The United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) just announced $27.5 million in grants for women on a national level. The fund awards money to government and civil society organizations for work in the area of equality laws and policies at local and national levels. So far, 13 organizations in six countries have received funds that will have an effect on national laws and policies in the area of gender equality through grants for women.

The following list of grants for women will help to further women in business and education:

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