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Tell Congress: Empower Women Worldwide By Passing the GROWTH Act


The GROWTH Act is an innovative bill that would empower millions of women worldwide with the economic tools to lift themselves and their families out of poverty. In the fight against global poverty, families, communities and entire societies benefit when women are empowered.

But we need to double the number of co-sponsors for the Act before the Congressional recess starts on August 9th to keep things moving. Please fill out the fields below to ask your representative to co-sponsor the GROWTH Act before leaving Washington on Monday.

If passed by Congress, the GROWTH Act would reshape U.S. assistance and trade policy by:

-Helping women living in poverty start and grow their own microenterprises through access to microfinance;

-Helping increase women's land and property rights; and

-Helping improve women's wages and working conditions in poor countries by emphasizing training and education.

U.S. policies can make a huge impact on the lives of women around the world.

Please fill out the fields below to ask your representative to co-sponsor the GROWTH Act before leaving Washington.

Letter to
U.S. House of Representatives
I'm writing to ask you to co-sponsor the Global Resources and Opportunities for Women to Thrive (GROWTH) Act (H.R. 5191). This innovative, bi-partisan piece of legislation would improve the effectiveness of U.S. international assistance and trade policy by focusing on economic opportunities for marginalized women in developing countries.

The GROWTH Act would help millions of women lift themselves and their families out of poverty through access to microfinance. It would also empower women in poor countries in the following areas: small business ownership, land and property rights, equal wages and working conditions, and global trade opportunities.

Microfinance efforts have shown again and again that economically empowered women invest in the nutritional, health and educational needs of their children, helping to permanently lift their families and communities out of poverty.

Unfortunately, women face unequal barriers and hardships in many underdeveloped regions. The GROWTH Act would work to address those obstacles.

I urge you to make moving the GROWTH Act (H.R. 5191) forward one of your top priorities this year.

Thank you for your attention. I look forward to your response on this important issue.

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