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8/25/11 - Editorial Comment - Door County Will Not Be Well Represented in Hell - Click here to print this information

By Roger Utnehmer, President and CEO

A provocative speaker injected a large dose of enthusiasm into the already-energized Women's Fund of Door County at a luncheon in Sturgeon Bay Wednesday.

The Women's Fund is proving to not only be one of Door County's newest organizations but also one of its most effective. Co-founder Jane Stevenson reported more than $140,000 has been raised and six organizations funded in 2011.

The Women's Fund is demonstrating the best traditions of philanthropy, accountability and community service.

What these women are accomplishing is as impressive as the need is daunting.

Forty-eight percent of Door County women-led families with a child under five live in poverty. A family led by a woman is 3.5 times more likely to live in poverty than other families. Women in their 70's and 80's are facing more financial challenges than ever before. Depression and mental health problems plague many women whose access to health care is only provided because of the Women's Fund.

Author of "Live First, Work Second" Rebecca Ryan quoted former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright who said there is a special place in hell for women who do not help other women.

With more than three hundred women, and about a dozen men, supporting the Women's Fund Wednesday Door County may not be represented well in hell.

That's my opinion. I'd like to hear yours.

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