Since 2008, hundreds of notable women have joined Oxfam America as Sisters on the Planet ambassadors.
A diverse group of leaders in business, politics, the arts, and more, Sisters on the Planet ambassadors are united by a common goal: to use their influence to right the wrongs of poverty, hunger, and injustice, with a particular focus on empowering women worldwide.
Barbara Lawton is a champion for women’s rights and the environment. She served two terms as Wisconsin's lieutenant governor, advancing the green economy and women’s economic development in her state and around the world.
Bonnie J. Campbell, Attorney at Law, Campbell Law Firm
"Women are the care givers of children and there’s obvious discrimination against women in most places around the world, including this country, so it just makes sense to empower women who are child-rearers and community builders. … It’s a wonderful connection to really target the genesis of the problem of poverty which is not new, but certainly we can conquer it." Photo: Ilene Perlman / Oxfam America
Jane Raybould: Lancaster County Commissioner; VP & Director of Buildings & Equipment, B & R Stores, Inc.
"It’s so important to focus on empowering women because we are all sisters on the planet. We have learned that out of the 1 billion people going to bed hungry and in poverty every night, 70% of those are women and children. … That should be the focus to be sure; that those women have the right tools that they need so they can benefit their children and the future of the world." Photo: Ilene Perlman / Oxfam America
Honorable Kesha Ram, Vermont State Legislator
"I often think of something that a friend of mine says who lived in a refugee camp in Kenya, who was originally from Sudan. He says that when you’re hungry, you don’t have the opportunity to be anything else. … You’re really focused on where your next meal will come from. Women are the ones that are taking care of the children, are going out to find water, are doing the farming. They hold up half of the sky, so they need an equal seat at the table in order to help families, particularly children, have the future that they deserve." Photo: Ilene Perlman / Oxfam America
Mary Sue Milliken,
Co-Chef/ Owner, Border Grill Restaurants & Truck Chef; Cookbook Author; TV Personality
"Women are the caregivers, the nurturers, and investing in women is the only way we’ll probably ever end hunger because they are the gatekeepers to getting things done. …Forty three percent of the food is farmed by women and if they had access to the same resources the men have access to, we’d have 20 to 30 percent more production from their efforts. It’s remarkable, isn’t it?" Photo: Ilene Perlman / Oxfam America
Rosalyn Musa, Program Manager, The African Women's Development and Communication Network (FEMNET); Sisters on the Planet Partner
"Women have ways of preserving food. Women have knowledge about when to grow food, which is the best kind of food to grow at which season. So they are custodians of this knowledge and if we invest more in them it means some of the challenges we are facing in terms of food security, the solution is just at the tip of our fingers if we invest in women." Photo: Ilene Perlman / Oxfam America
Happy New Year! Just like individuals need to shake off the holidays and think about the opportunities of a fresh year, organizations ought to take stock and decide where they want to put extra effort. Here's our list for 2016.