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The Women’s Foundation of Arkansas provides grants, commissions research, and convenes stakeholders across the state to pursue their mission of economic security for the women and girls of Arkansas.

Color & Gender

How race impacts economic opportunity

Economic Impact

What women really want- Capital.

Generations of Women

Discovering how girls everywhere are lowering the filling the gap in income.


WFA is a research focused non-profit. Learn more about our research.

The Intersectional Impact of Race and Gender

Learn more about how women of color are impacting the state of Arkansas' economic development and how race and gender play significant roles in their businesses.

Women of Color Business Owners and Entrepreneurs in Arkansas

“Despite the odds, women of color in Arkansas continue to open businesses at extraordinary rates.”

– Kristy Carter, Author

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CAPITAL - What Women Really Want: Building Arkansas Women’s Wealth Through Business Ownership

On average, female business owners have a total net worth of $1.1 million — approximately four times higher than the average total net worth of full-time working women at $319,000.

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Economic Indicators for Women in Arkansas: State, Region and County

The WFA commissioned research in 2018 on the economic indicators for women in Arkansas. We learned a lot from that report, and most significantly to our work:

• Men outpace women in business ownership in our state in every racial/ethnic category except one: Black women own 60% of Black-owned businesses in Arkansas compared to their male counterparts who own 40%.

• The highest concentration of women-owned businesses in Arkansas are in the poorest counties of the state.


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Changing the Story: Blueprint for Change

Over 80 women, men and girls from around the state convened on March 4, 2016 to create plans for action to improve the status of women and girls in Arkansas. Following the Summit four working groups continued with the action plans to develop a blueprint for change in the areas of health, education, economics and workforce and politics and leadership.

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Examining the Future Plans of Arkansas High School Girls

The following report explores the plans of young women in Arkansas post-high school graduation, as well as the fields they plan to pursue and the fields they are being encouraged to pursue. There was a
significant focus on whether or not young women were encouraged and/or planning to pursue careers in the male-dominated careers of economics, science, technology, engineering and math (ESTEM) fields

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1973/2013: A Then & Now Report on the Status of Women in Arkansas

“A foundation must truly know its community to be effective and serve as a resource.”

– Lynnette Watts

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Delivering Better Education: Impact of Teen Pregnancy & Birth on Education in Arkansas

Arkansas has the one of the highest birth rate and teen pregnancy rate in the United States.

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Our Common Journey: The Economics of Educating Women in Arkansas

In the United States, a mother’s education level has been linked to children’s health outcomes.

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The Voices of Women: Perceptions of the Status of Women in Arkansas

An effort to engage Arkansas women on this topic has not been undertaken since the 1973 report.

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About Our Foundation's Research

The Women’s Foundation of Arkansas provides grants, commissions research, and convenes stakeholders across the state to pursue their mission of economic security for the women and girls of Arkansas.

"Nevertheless, She Persisted."

Workplace Discrimination

Women of color face up to 3x more workplace challenges than white women do.

Black Women Owned Business

Understanding more about the challenges that women of color face.


The impact of color and gender on business development.

Impacting Arkansas' Economy

Read more about the Women Foundation of Arkansas’ research on women’s economic impact in Arkansas and the United States.


The WFA commissions research for two purposes:

  1. Internal Use – The WFA uses research they commission and fund to strategize about where their investments can best be used, where resources need to be allocated, and to educate themselves on the areas Arkansas women and girls are struggling and succeeding in.
  2. External Use – The WFA shares their research with stakeholders externally to educate policy makers, stakeholders, businesses, and community members and mobilize them around the challenges facing the women and girls in our state.

Arkansas Women’s Organizations

The Women’s Foundation of Arkansas is a statewide grant-making foundation, an educational resource, and a convener for partners focused on improving the economic security of women and girls in Arkansas.

We do not offer direct services such as shelter facilities or rent assistance. Direct service providers can be found here.

More Resources

For those searching for women-owned businesses, please use the Arkansas Economic Development Commission’s directory.

For more information on specific holidays celebrating women and girls, see here.

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