Ten years ago, a group of passionate, dedicated women dreamed big about how they could help shift the odds for low-income girls. In Milwaukee, teen pregnancies were a big barrier to success in school, work and life. United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County’s Women United® took it on, and brought business leaders and the community with them.
Today, Milwaukee has the lowest teen birth rate in decades, with nearly 50% fewer young girls having babies. The initiative is now a national model for community collaboration, recognized by the White House Council for Community Solutions.
These women brought so much energy to their cause that the community asked them to tackle another one: infant mortality. They’re aiming for double digit reductions. It’s a bold goal, but these women have shown they can create change that goes far beyond charity