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Cheryl Dorsey: A Woman Making History

March 14, 2010

30 Women Making History In recognition of the 30th anniversary of Women’s History Month, Women’s Media Center is profiling 30 extraordinary women making history. Our goal is to raise $10,000 to support WMC Exclusives — every dollar raised will go directly toward hiring women writers to comment on major news stories and report topics often neglected by the mainstream media. Will you contribute $30? Click here to donate: or text WOMEN to 50555 to make a $10 donation.
cheryl_dorseyCheryl Dorsey: A Woman Making History by Rebekah Spicuglia Working with Cheryl Dorsey in our Progressive Women's Voices program has been such an honor for me. It's rare to come across someone so extraordinarily accomplished, unfailingly energized, and yet still such a joy to be around -- she lights up a room as well as she's changing the world. Cheryl is President of Echoing Green, an inspiring organization investing more than $28 million to date in emerging social entrepreneurs, and launching new organizations like Teach for America whose mission is to make a difference in the world. Thanks to Echoing Green, social entrepreuners have models to follow and a strong advocate at their back.  Cheryl also inspires me on a personal level, as she lives her life by example. Before taking the reins as President, Cheryl was an Echoing Green Fellow herself, starting a "Family Van" mobile health unit for at-risk residents of inner-city Boston. She has served as a White House Fellow, Special Assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Labor, Special Assistant to the Director of the Women’s Bureau of the U.S. Labor Department, and most recently Vice-Chair of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships, after serving as a team member on the Obama Presidential Transition's Technology, Innovation, and Government Reform Policy Working Group. It is no surprise that she has been honored left and right for her commitment to public service, and recently named one of "America's Best Leaders" in 2009 by US News & World Report and the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School. Wherever you turn in the world of progressive funders, family-friendly workplace policies, pay equity, social justice, and maternal and child health issues, Cheryl Dorsey is there, making history.