Pink Ribbon of the Month, January: Women’s Champions

Women's ChampionsPeople may ask, “Komen Philadelphia, this is your shining moment… the milestone 25th Celebration Year of the Komen Philadelphia Race for the Cure. So why choose now to celebrate other non-profit organizations who also have a women-oriented mission?”

The answer is simple: These organizations we honor as Women’s Champions support our breast cancer movement in ways that traditional donations to the cause can’t provide. That is, Komen Philadelphia couldn’t do what we do to save lives and lead the fight against breast cancer without these organizations pursing their own missions with such dedication.

“Without each of these Women’s Champion honorees strengthening women in other aspects of individual and communal living, our quest to save lives from breast cancer would be all the more difficult,” said Elaine I. Grobman, Chief Executive Officer, Komen Philadelphia. “The Komen Philadelphia community can move ahead confidently in our own mission every day knowing these organizations are working with extraordinary commitment… they are, indeed, working side by side with us!”

In choosing our Women’s Champion honorees, we looked for well-respected individual organizations that exclusively or primarily serve women in a geographic area similar to that of Komen Philadelphia. We also looked to create a Women’s Champion group that, on the whole, represents a balance of services vital to women, serve a healthy diversity of populations and cultures, and focus on meeting immediate needs as well building solid foundations for prosperous futures. Moreover, we chose each Women’s Champion over other local organizations with a similar mission based on their high standards of use of donor dollars, the integrity of their mission and vision, consistency of achievement, respect in the community, and track record of working in ways that complement other non-profit work.

“Together with Komen Philadelphia, these organizations weave the fabric of women’s health, women’s well being, and women’s prosperity.” Grobman continued. “Komen Philadelphia celebrates them now to further demonstrate how our past was very much shaped by their work, as well as to give them our commitment to their missions. Just as women of the past, present and future depend on us – we depend on each other.”

Komen Philadelphia proudly chooses this special time in our history so we can leverage the momentum of our 25th Race Celebration in order to bring recognition and support in the form of awareness for all our “Women’s Champion” honorees. And we encourage all of you to please learn more about their missions and be inspired by the ways their work are bringing hope to our entire community.

Women’s Champions: Mission & Websites

  • Alice Paul Institute: Honoring the legacy of Alice Paul’s work for gender equality through education and leadership development.
  • American Heart Association:  Building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
  • Asian American Women’s Coalition: Promoting the advancement of Asian-American women through leadership and mutual support.
  • The Cancer Support Community of Greater Philadelphia: Ensuring that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community.
  • Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania: Building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.
  • The Junior League of Philadelphia, Inc. Promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. 
  • Linda Creed Breast Cancer.Org: Fighting breast cancer with heart through community-based education and referral, support, advocacy and direct service for those who need us.
  • Living Beyond Breast Cancer: Connecting people with trusted breast cancer information and a community of support.
  • Maternity Care Coalition: Improving maternal and child health and wellbeing through the collaborative efforts of individuals, families, providers and communities.
  • Mazzoni Center: Providing quality comprehensive health and wellness services in an LGBT-focused environment, while preserving the dignity and improving the quality of life of the individuals we serve.
  • Mothers In Charge: Dedicated to violence prevention, education and intervention for youth, young adults, families and community organizations.
  • National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Pennsylvania Chapter:  An organization of progressive women of African descent whose voice and force for gender equity and sociopolitical advancement drives meaningful change to benefit women of color.
  • National Conference of Puerto Rican Women, Philadelphia Chapter: A vibrant and accomplished community of Puerto Rican women working to improve the quality of life for our communities.
  • National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, Delaware Valley Chapter: Saving lives by fighting tirelessly to prevent and cure ovarian cancer, and to improve the quality of life for survivors.
  • National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), Greater Philadelphia Chapter: Providing the resources women need to grow their business.
  • Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition: Representing, supporting and serving breast cancer survivors and their families in Pennsylvania through educational programming, legislative advocacy and breast cancer research grants.
  • Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape: Working to end sexual violence and advocates for the rights and needs of sexual assault victims.
  • Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania: Protecting and enhancing reproductive freedom, to increase access to reproductive health services and information, and to promote sexual health.
  • Praise is the Cure: Motivating, educating and encouraging African Americans to get breast cancer screenings and treatment.
  • A Woman’s Place: A community-based social change organization committed to the empowerment of women and to ending intimate and domestic violence for all.
  • Women Against Abuse: Philadelphia’s leading domestic violence advocate and service provider.
  • Women of Faith and Hope: Encouraging, enlightening and empowering women about issues related to breast cancer in efforts to reduce the mortality rate through early detection; to offer spiritual and emotional support to women and their significant others.
  • Women Veterans Rock: A coalition of Women Veteran Organizations and Women Advocacy Organizations supporting women veterans and military families in the areas of housing, employment, education; financial stability, health and wellness.
  • Women’s Law Project: Creating a more just and equitable society by advancing the rights and status of all women throughout their lives; engaging in high-impact litigation, advocacy, and education.
  • Women’s Way: Being a powerful voice for women and girls: creating an equitable, just and safe future for all communities in the Greater Philadelphia region.
  • Young Survival Coalition: Addressing the critical issues unique to young women who are diagnosed with breast cancer; offering  resources, connections and outreach so women feel supported, empowered and hopeful.


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