To shed light on this issue, a dynamic lineup of all female comedy benefited Chicago charity, Connections for Abused Women and Children (CAWC). The social initiative that focuses on the global impact of women, Grateful4Her, partnered with the local nonprofit to host a Comedy Night Fundraiser to raise money and awareness and talk about the issues at the forefront of domestic violence on Sunday, April 30, 2017, at Catalyst Ranch in the West Loop.
Earlier this year $9 million dollars was cut from the state budget of Illinois for domestic violence shelters & non-profits, leaving many without housing benefits, clothes, food, and more. Each day three women die due to domestic violence in the U.S. and many families are impacted economically and emotionally due to these issues. It is important to not only continue to support these foundations but to educate those around us as well.
During this fundraising event, 90 percent of ticket sales went towards CAWC. There was also an extensive raffle filled with coloring books, wine bottles, and a Vera Bradley laptop case, that also went towards the donations. We also raised an additional $400 in the house for a special performance from the host and the founder of Grateful4Her, Kelly Page, Ph.D., who sang “Down Under.”
Talking about domestic violence doesn’t feel good – but it’s necessary to educate ourselves. And to do that, guests came together for a comedic performance, domestic violence trivia, and a finale of lip syncing – all on a Sunday night.
I sat down with Kelly Page, Ph.D., to discuss more about the organization, Grateful4Her. Read more about this organization and mission below.
Windy City Cosmo: Can you tell us more about the inspiration for Grateful4Her?
Kelly Page: The female story and the stories of strong, smart women who were working hard, and not being recognized or valued for their work is what in-part inspired Grateful4Her. “Women perform 66% of the world’s work, produce 50% of the food, but earn 10% of the income and own only 1% of the property.”
Together, we can change this. Together we can see to it that women ARE valued for their words, their work and their ways in this amazing world of ours. We live in stories created through language. If we change the language, we can change the story.
Grateful4Her is also in-part inspired by my own mother. I am grateful to my mother, and her story. She taught me how to be strong, how to work hard and importantly, how to speak up and have a voice. I am grateful for her example that she set for me and my sisters, and her generation has done for my generation and the ones that follow us.
Windy City Cosmo: You talked about changing the message for women everywhere is that the goal? Is that what you wish to gain with the campaign?
Kelly Page: Our mission is to change how we – men, women and especially the media, think and talk about the work, words, and impact of women. Women are powerful, smart and they work hard. Yet they are often devalued or not valued for their work. How women speak is highly criticized and the strengths of women often not valued as being that of a leader, or someone who is impacting/changing the world.
Women lead our communities, our schools and our home and families for millennia. As well as making big changes in different workforces and industries. If we also believe that if we change how we think, talk and value women, we can change how many women experience sexual harassment, sex discrimination and domestic abuse every day.
Windy City Cosmo: You mentioned that you did a lot of research on men and women, why do you think they shouldn’t be compared to one another?
Kelly I first starting researching men and women in the technology sector in the late 1990’s. Since then I have interviewed hundreds of men and women and across industries and professions and researched what are their similarities and differences. The biggest learning for me was how we live in a cultural model of constant comparison between men and women. When it is like comparing apples with oranges. Men and women are different and should be celebrated for their uniqueness, individually. So at Grateful4Her we do our best NOT to engage in comparative talk so we can give space to women to be celebrated as women, and men to celebrated for being men.
Windy City Cosmo: Can men participate?
Kelly Page: Absolutely, their are already video messages of men thanking the women in their life on the Grateful4Her site!
Interested in sharing who you are grateful for? It’s easy. You can answer three quick questions to share your video. See all the people that we are grateful for (including Kelly Page’s video) here.