Making gender equality a reality.


Since Women Thrive Alliance began in 1998, we have advocated for numerous laws to be passed; won several awards; and empowered women and girls around the globe so their voices and solutions shape local, national, and global policy. 


  • Women Thrive Worldwide becomes Women Thrive Alliance
  • Emily Bove named Executive Director of Women Thrive Alliance
  • Women Thrive releases report, "Getting equitable education on the global agenda: lessons from collective advocacy at the United Nations," which details their collective advocacy work on the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goal 4. 


  • Dr. Patricia T. Morris joins Women Thrive as President of the organization
  • The Global Partners Network becomes the Alliance for Women's Solutions and grows to more than 200 member organizations in 50 countries
  • Our nearly four years of hard work advocating at the United Nations pays off when the UN formally adopts Sustainable Development Goal 4 
  • Women Thrive develops a new and innovative online course for grassroots women's rights advocates to build their organizations' skills in messaging, visibility building, and resource mobilization 
  • Women Thrive heads to Ghana to train more than 20 Girl Guides (Girl Scouts) to be strong advocates in their communities and to the Ghanaian government for clean cookstoves


  • Women Thrive's Co-founder Ritu Sharma publishes her first book, Teach a Woman to Fish: Overcoming Poverty Around the Globe, with praise from former President Jimmy Carter, Melinda Gates, Maria Bello, and Eve Ensler. 
  • Women Thrive launchs an expanded portfolio to examine the challenges to and strategies for increasing women’s economic opportunities.
  • Women Thrive heads to Kenya to train 50 advocates from 24 countries across Africa, so these women and men have the know-how to successfully advocate with their own governments for quality learning opportunities for girls and more. 
  •  Read our full annual report online now »



  • Women Thrive heads to Haiti and trained more than 30 advocates on honing strategy and messaging skills for effective gender-focused advocacy
  • We welcomes 45 new members into our Alliance for Women's Solutions, then called the Global Partners Network 
  • Women Thrive kicks off The Elise Fiber Smith Forum, a new event series to examine the most pressing policy issues concerning women worldwide.
  • Check out more of our favorite moments from 2013 with this gallery »


To look back at even more of the highlights from 15 years of tireless work on behalf of women and girls, keep reading below.



  • Ritu Sharma participates in HungerFast, with overwhelming public support, and staves off worst cuts to foreign assistance budget.


  • Thrive partners with DAA in Ghana
  • Ritu Sharma lives on a dollar a day in Burkina Faso


  • Ritu Sharma lives on a dollar a day in Guatemala
  • Thrive partners with CBDF in Burkina Faso


  • Ritu Sharma lives on a dollar a day in Nicaragua
  • Thrive partners with COMUCAP in Honduras
  • EDGE changes its name to Women Thrive Worldwide


  • EDGE wins the Leet Award from InterAction for our work on the MCA



  • EDGE successfully advocates for gender inclusion in the Tsunami Relief bill




  • EDGE successfully advocates for Access for Afghan Women Act of 2002


  • EDGE successfully advocates for Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000
  • Ritu Sharma serves on an official U.S. delegation to the UN General Assembly Session on Women (Beijing Plus Five)


  • EDGE successfully advocates for women to be included in all programs of the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA)
  • Hurricane Mitch hits Central America, EDGE successfully advocates for the inclusion of gender analysis into the emergency relief package
  • Ritu Sharma and Elise Fiber-Smith launch Women's EDGE Coalition