Dearest Friends, Supporters, Families, Colleagues, Donors, and Silently-Powerful Sideline Cheerleaders:

It is with a heavy heart that our management team announces the dissolution of the Curves for Change, Inc. organization, an action that is not taken lightly.

Over the past several months the Ladies Of The Board (LOTB) have collectively expressed concerns that conflicting schedules and a lack of team resources have hindered our ability to serve charitably in a timely manner.

We assure you that your contributions, commitment and our collective hard work have shaped the futures of young women and changed the lives of many women for the better.

We are very proud – really, really proud – of the camaraderie and support that C4C has spurred and hope that spark will continue to kindle empowerment of women in the future. We are honored to have worked with so many incredible people.

All funds raised have gone directly to the worthy charities we’ve supported:

C4C could not have existed without the generous contributions of:

We hope you’ve been inspired to serve, as we will all continue to do independently and with purpose. Curves For Change started as a lil’ idea that Kate Dillon and Julie Henderson dreamed up while modeling on a photoshoot, and a group of enterprising women came together to execute the dream.

Never doubt what a small group of models – humans – can do.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, we are humbly yours,

Bernadett Vajda and Julie Henderson
Curves for Change

A Year of Political Firsts

Tammy Duckworth at Democratic National Convention

The election cycle for 2012 may have seemed like it went on forever, but it did bear some pretty amazing fruit.  On January 21, 2013, a record 20 female United States Senators will be sworn in, along with another record 77 female United States Congresswomen.  Incoming freshmen Senators will continue reading…

Sometimes The Fight Outlives The Fighters…

One More Week

Alison Bennett runs in Dublin, Ireland

Next Sunday, our resident super runner Ali Bennett will be pounding the pavement, running the New York City Marathon while raising awareness and much needed funding for two amazing charities: The Komera Project and The Somaly Mam Foundation.   It’s not too late to donate to Ali’s hard work!  Thank you Ali for all you are doing, and good luck next week!

We Are Malala

Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousufzai is a 14-year old Pakistani activist whose only crime was wanting an education.  On October 9th, Malala was shot twice, once in the head and once in the neck, in an assassination attempt by Taliban gunmen while returning home on a school bus.  In spite of a fatwa issued by a group of 50 Islamic clerks in Pakistan against those who tried to killer, the Taliban has reiterated its intent to kill Malala and her father, Ziauddin.

In spite of her young age, Malala is an experienced activist, coming to prominence continue reading…

International Day of the Girl

International Day of the Girl October 11 2012

Happy Girl Day!

Today, October 11, 2012, is the first observance of International Day of the Girl.

On December 19, 2011, the United Nations General Assembly passed the Resolution on the International Day of the Girl Child, “to help galvanize worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential.” 

The campaign to establish this international day was led continue reading…

Training Update!

Alison Bennett runs in Dublin, Ireland

As we wrote about back in July, long-time friend of Curves for Change Ali Bennett has been training to run the New York City Marathon next month, while simultaneously raising money for C4C.  With a little over one month to go, Ali is in the throes of her training regime having completed an 18 mile training run this past weekend.

“I’ve always heard people say, ‘The training is the continue reading…

Bully Pulpit

President Obama speaking at the Clinton Global Initiative

Bully pulpit:  A public office or other position of authority of sufficiently high rank that provides the holder with an opportunity to speak out and be listened to.

 This is exactly what President Barack Obama did when he spoke at the Clinton Global Initiative this week, saying, “American tax dollars should never be used to support the trafficking of human beings.”  continue reading…

Powerful Women: Indra Nooyi

Indra Nooyi

Forbes Magazine recently published it’s list of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women, and there are a few that many may not be familiar with. Indra Nooyi is the Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo, the second largest food and beverage business in the world. When Nooyi first came to the U.S. for graduate school, she chose to work the graveyard shift as a receptionist in her dorm because it paid an extra 50 cents per hour. This early attention to the bottom line soon served her well in her stellar career.

Nooyi began her career as a continue reading…

FORE! Well…Two At Least

Female golfer

Augusta National Golf Club, the private club that hosts the Masters tournament, recently added its first two female members, Condoleeza Rice and Darla Moore. This 80-year old golf club has long been known for its restrictive membership policies, even excluding black members until 1990. In the last 10 years, the club had come under increasing scrutiny in regards to allowing female members.

Most recently, the issue of allowing the new CEO of IBM to be a member created a firestorm of negative media attention. The four previous CEOs of IBM were all granted membership, but the appointment of Virginia Rometty, the first female CEO of IBM, created a public relations conundrum, especially in light of IBM being one of the three principle sponsors of the Masters.

In spite of negative press, Augusta National Golf Club maintained that it was a private club and conducts business on its own terms. This could be why it was such a surprise when it announced it had granted membership to two women this past Monday.

Calling it a momentous occasion, Hall of Fame golfer Nancy Lopez said, “It’s a big stepping stone for women in golf and for women in general because of what Augusta stands for.”