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There has been an overall lack of investment in civic engagement efforts geared toward rural America.  Some of these communities are literally beginning to cease to exist because of declining population, poverty, and limited occupational opportunities. Despite these barriers, there are many opportunities to see that these communities are represented by specifically focusing on empowering and engaging women.

Rural Women Rising is working to build power for women across women’s rights, economic justice, immigrant rights, civil rights and civil liberties. We employ a range of tactics to accomplish our mission, including grassroots organizing, training, community education, narrative and culture shift work, direct service, and policy and advocacy initiatives.

Current and Recent Events

Rural Women Lead

February 3, 10, and 17, 2024
10 am – 1 pm
Fremont OH

Meet fellow women from across Ohio who want to become more civically engaged, as well as women who are already leading in our community. Topics include how your personal experiences have prepared you for leadership, how government works and why it matters in your life, how to mobilize others to vote, how to get appointed to a public board or commission, and how to run for office. Click here to register.

Rural Women Lead Brunch

October 2023
Fremont OH

More than 50 women from across Sandusky County came together to hear from local elected women leaders and discuss ways in which they could accelerate their civic and political engagement. 

Policy Delegation

September 2023
Washington D.C.

Justice for Migrant Women convened 20 migrant and rural women from 8 states to advocate that federal workplace health and safety policies include mental health protections and safety from harassment. We held a Congressional briefing where community members shared their testimonies and recommendations, met with elected officials, and participated in a listening session for key agencies within the Department of Labor, hosted in partnership with the Women’s Bureau. 

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