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Mission Statement


The Women's Bar Foundation (WBF) advances social and economic justice by providing low-income women with access to legal representation and a means to be heard. The WBF recruits and trains volunteer attorneys to address legal issues that disproportionately affect low-income women and their children. Through its pro-bono programs, the WBF educates the legal community about the positive impact that one attorney's work can have on the life of a client at risk.


Please Contribute to the WBF's 20th Anniversary Pledge Campaign!  

To mark this important occasion, please consider a pledge to our “Women of Action Campaign” 

We are seeking pledges  from past, current and new donors, at the following levels: 

$5000 Lelia J. Robinson (first woman admitted to the Massachusetts bar).  Contributions at this level support the equivalent of 25 attorneys taking cases on a pro bono basis for the Family Law Project.

$2500       Victoria Woodhull (first woman to run for President of the United States - 1872). Contributions at this level will fund 40 Elder Law Project volunteer attorneys to draft end-of-life documents for low-income seniors at Boston Housing Authority sites.

$1000       Shirin Ebadi  (attorney and first Iranian, first Muslim woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize - 2003). Contributions at this level will support 10 attorneys representing victims of domestic violence at their restraining order hearings. 

$500         Condoleezza Rice (first African American woman to be U.S. Secretary of State - 2005-2009). Contributions at this level will provide Framingham Project volunteers with the opportunity to counsel incarcerated women on legal issues such as housing, family law, and criminal procedure.

$250         Ellen Swallow Richards (first woman admitted to MIT; founder of home economics movement - 1870s).  Contributions at this level will fund a Family Law Project training for fifty volunteer attorneys who will accept family law cases for low-income victims of domestic violence.  



For donations by check, click here to download the pledge form.

For donation by credit card, click here.



Your pledge supports our pro bono projects:
The Family Law Project for Battered Women provides low-income victims of domestic violence with referrals to volunteer attorneys in cases of divorce, custody, visitation, modification, child support, and paternity.  This year, the staff will respond to more than 1,500 phone calls and make case referrals for 125 clients.
The Elder Law Project provides low-income elderly women and men with volunteer assistance in preparing simple wills, health care proxies, durable powers of attorney, and homestead declarations.  The project will train over 60 volunteer attorneys this year.
The Women’s Lunch Place Project provides homeless women with legal information and referrals on various issues including immigration, public benefits, health care, bankruptcy, housing, domestic violence, and criminal warrants.
The Framingham Project for Incarcerated Women offers legal services and educational seminars to women incarcerated at MCI-Framingham, South Bay House of Correction, and Kingston House.  This year the project has counseled 75 women.
The Hampden and Hampshire County Housing Court Project, in collaboration with several other organizations and private law firms, provides pro bono representation to indigent tenants and landlords facing eviction in Western Massachusetts. The project has handled 85 cases this year. 

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with special thanks to Pia Proal and James Ringrose,

owners of Real Cool TV. 





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