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Welcome to the Giving Thought Podcast, a bi-weekly exploration of trends in global philanthropy and civil society from the Charities Aid Foundation’s in-house think-tank, Giving Thought.

In each episode your host Rhodri Davies (formerly with co-host Adam Pickering) explores a big issue, theme or trend and analyses what it means for philanthropy and civil society around the world.

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Feb 26, 2019

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


  • Fascianting 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 mens’ 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 & feminismn 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 millionaries & husband and wife teams.
  • SDG 5 and global women’s issues
  • Philanthropy and the #MeToo movement
  • Gender equality in the nonprofit world?


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