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Need a name, a contact, have an issue, want to start a letter writing campaign, need a few of your friends to send emails on your behalf? Ask your 1000 Girlfriends to help. There is power in numbers and there is more power in 1000 women!

Kathy Scott is the founder of “Me and My 1000 Girlfriends, That’s Who!” now nearing 2300 GIRLFRIENDS on her Facebook page.  She started the page in February 2010 when she found she could not get a return phone call from her local city council members on issues related to a city garden foundation, a foundation where she sat on the board.  She asked her GIRLFRIENDS to mount an email campaign, which they willingly did.  From that experience came the inspiration for “Me and My 1000 Girlfriends, That’s Who!” where GIRLFRIENDS can ask for help on various issues.  The site has also become one of the most prolific in providing stories and quotes about the history of women, their concerns, their struggles and their triumphs.

In March, GIRLFRIENDS assisted in sending emails to Florida legislators and Governor Charlie Crist regarding a proposed bill that would have tied teacher pay to student progress, a measure that could have led to the exiting of top teachers from challenging school systems.  Crist eventually vetoed the bill.


4 Responses

  1. How did a fellow “Kathy” call you “Karen”? I am so sorry for that!

    I will reach out to WBENC. Female Equality Matters is different from that certification in a few ways. Namely:
    1. It’s targeted towards consumers at the point of purchase
    2. It measures how women are treated in the organization – are they represented throughout the organization? Are they paid materially the same? Are they being developed to take leadership roles?

    How can I help 1000Girlfriends? It’s a great idea!

    Make it a great day,

    • Just keep suggesting us and passing on the word about 1000 Girlfriends. Feel free to forward certified organizations and I’ll make sure they know about the organizations/businesses.


  2. Karen:

    I’d love to talk about how you and your (now thousands) of girlfriends could help to continue the effort to crack the glass ceiling. The idea is simple: companies can see Female Equality Matters certification and, if they have results with women in representation, pay, and development opportunities, they can become certified and qualify to display the FEM logo on their products and services. This isn’t just a program for large companies- it’s also for the micro-preneurs out there up to the conglomerates.

    Then shoppers can “vote with their dollars” for products and services that value women not just as consumers, but as talent.

    I’d love to talk with you more about partnership opportunities and ways FEM certification could be offered at a discount to the businesses in your membership. Congratulations on your success and thank you for harnessing the power of women to make great changes!

    Please let me know how I might be able to contribute to your success and where partnership might make sense.

    Very truly yours,

    • Sounds very interesting. I know my sister-in-law’s company gets certified as a “woman-owned and operated business” through WBENC. (wbenc.org), they may be a great resource.


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