Women and Philanthropy

27 February 2019

In episode 44, to celebrate International Women’s Day on the 8 March, we take a look at 'Women and Philanthropy'. 

This podcast explores famous female philanthropists past and present, the role that charitable work has played in the emancipation of women, and the ways in which philanthropy has been used as a tool to fight for women’s rights. Including:

  • Fascinating female philanthropists from history: Angela Burdett Coutts, Octavia Hill, Olivia Russell Sage, Beatrix Potter, Jenny Lind and Madam CJ Walker
  • The importance of philanthropy as a bridge between the domestic sphere and the public sphere and the role it therefore played in changing women’s perceptions of their own capacities & changing men's perception of the role of women.
  • Philanthropy as an outlet for the misery and frustration of Victorian women
  • Is there such as a thing as “feminine” philanthropy?
  • Philanthropy and the women’s suffrage movement
  • Philanthropy and the women’s anti-suffrage movement
  • Philanthropy, women’s liberation & feminism in the 1960s/70s -  how effective is philanthropy at addressing structural inequality? Can traditional funders support non-hierarchical networks and groups without subverting them?
  • Women in philanthropy today: self-made millionaires & husband and wife teams.
  • SDG 5 and global women’s issues
  • Philanthropy and the #MeToo movement
  • Gender equality in the nonprofit world?


About the Giving Thought podcast

The Giving Thought podcast is an exploration of trends in global philanthropy and civil society.  Since launching in May 2017, the podcast has become recognised as an insightful and influential source of philanthropic debate. 

In each episode Rhodri Davies, Director of our Giving Thought Think Tank, and guests, take a contemporary issue in philanthropy and civil society and break it down into three manageable chunks, giving an overview of the extensive work they have done on the subject.  Episodes are also available free on iTunes and Libsyn.

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Rhodri leads Giving Thought, our in-house think tank focusing on current and future issues affecting philanthropy and civil society. Rhodri has spent nearly a decade specialising in public policy around philanthropy and the work of charities, and has researched, written and presented on a wide range of topics. He has a first-class degree in Mathematics and Philosophy from the University of Oxford.   Read more about Rhodri




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