The Women of the Storm is a non-partisan, non-political alliance formed in 2005 of women whose families, businesses and lives were affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. We are an independent organization of independent-minded women!
A diverse group of more than 130 individuals is led by a group of 12 dedicated women who have met almost every Monday morning since January 2006 to set the agenda, projects and programs.
There is no defined membership, per se. Hundreds of individual women (and men) have joined the effort, and with the participation of our national partners LINKS, the Junior League, the Women’s Leadership Initiative of United Way and the National Council of Jewish Women, hundreds of thousands of women all across the nation are involved. The common bond among these individuals is their passion to rebuild their homes, businesses and communities.
The Women of the Storm’s original mission was to draw the attention of Congress, media and opinion leaders to the needs of a post-Katrina New Orleans and a post-Rita South Louisiana and the entire Gulf Coast. Members, who are culturally, socially and economically diverse, are bound by their passion for their communities.
The Women of the Storm are now working to focus continuing national media attention on coastal restoration, infrastructure needs and other issues important to the rebuilding of our wetlands and reimagining of our region, including conducting tours for editors, publishers, producers and key reporters, as well as other opinion leaders.
We refuse to allow the country and its elected leadership to let the challenges from our nation’s biggest disaster slip away. No city or community is immune from potential natural or man-made disasters and the lessons from New Orleans are crucial for the nation.