ABOUT THE MOVEMENT
AAPI Women Lead and #ImReady Movement aims to strengthen the progressive political and social platforms of Asian and Pacific Islander communities in the US through the leadership of API women, girls, and gender-expansive communities. Our goal is to challenge and help end the intersections of violence against and within our communities. We do this work in solidarity with other communities of color.
The #ImReady Movement raises visibility around API women and our experiences with #MeToo, racial discrimination, war, immigration, and more. It also celebrates the leadership and power of AAPI women in Education, Business, Technology, and Politics. At the conferences, we bring together AAPI women leaders and our supporters to learn from one another, tell our stories, and to highlight our diverse leadership stories.
We invite you to join us to better understand the complex Asian and Pacific Islander diasporas, histories, and experiences. We invite you to come honor the stories and leadership of our communities.
We are bringing together some of the most brilliant people to explore what it means to be a self-identified AAPI woman in the United States. We know you are one of them.
In 2022 we have...
Launched the only community-driven national intergenerational participatory action research (IPAR) project led by Asian, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander women, femmes, and non-binary communities that pay more than a dozen community-based researchers to learn and conduct research on racial and gender-based violence through a transformative justice framework. This first cohort of researchers is based in Georgia, Hawaii, American Samoa, California, New York, Maryland, Iowa, and more;
Increased our social media following to more than 150K followers
Distributed $62,000 in COVID, healing, and wellness aid to our communities across the US and US affiliated territories;
Launched 32 virtual healing and learning spaces for 150,000 community members to connect, heal, and create together;
Donated more than 900 COVID tests in Oakland, CA including more than 100 tests and PPE supplies to Oakland Chinatown elders in Oakland, CA;
Partnered with more than 400 organizations, companies, community groups, and individuals to support transformative justice, community education, and mutual aid work for Asian, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities;
Featured in numerous news and social media outlets including NBC Asian America, MSNBC, Democracy Now!, NPR; Good Morning America, Thrillist, and many more;
Expanded our team to include staff who are now located on the East Coast, South, and West Coast.
Thank you to our community for making this all possible! Your continued support helps us strengthen our community accountability, transformative justice, intergenerational participatory action research programs, and much more! Thank you for joining us. We look forward to building with you.
The #ImReady Movement begins with a series of conferences that will raise awareness around the experiences that AAPI women have with #MeToo, gender and racial discrimination. Our families and communities are experiencing issues of domestic violence, sexual violence, child abuse, sex trafficking, human trafficking, and domestic worker abuse. It is time to act.
Our voices have been here and need to be heard now. We want the public to know that
The numbers are telling...
WE ARE SURVIVORS
Studies suggest 60% of AAPI women and girls have experienced some form of sexual or domestic abuse.
WE MUST FIGHT FOR EQUALITY
AAPI women on average earn 85 cents to every dollar that white men earn.
Hmong and Cambodian women only earn 55 cents for every dollar earned by white men.
Burmese women earn less only 44 cents, less than half, compared to their white male counterparts.
THE DISPARITY IS REAL
The Native Hawaiian and
other Pacific Islander populations (NHOPI) have some of the highest rates of smoking, drinking, and obesity. The age-adjusted percentage of heart disease among NHOPI persons aged 18 years and over was 12.5%, with 6.8% for Asians and 10.9% for Whites.
Only 37.3% of Native Hawaiians alone or in any combination in the United States earned a high school diploma while just 18.2% earned a bachelor’s degree or higher.
17.6% of the NHOPI community lived below poverty, compared to a national poverty rate of 11.7% for Asians and 11.6% for Whites.