Women on the Rise Telling HerStory (WORTH)

Who we are

WORTH (Women On the Rise Telling HerStory) is an advocacy/consultant group comprised of currently & formerly incarcerated women, who have the expertise and understanding to engage, navigate and challenge policy and perceptions concerning incarcerated women. As a well-organized and sustainable group, WORTH is a visible and powerful voice for Women of this population in public conversations and policy debates. WORTH members are confident and effective communicators. We are sought after as experts who speak on issues of critical importance to incarcerated women and their families

Mission Statement

WORTH is an association of currently and formerly incarcerated women who have been empowered by our own experiences. Through leadership development, organizing, mentoring, mutual support and telling our stories. WORTH transforms the lives of women affected by incarceration and changes public perception and policy.

Three Components of Leadership:

Core Group Leadership

Provides unfailing, consistent leadership to WORTH and is responsible for developing and sustaining and building the capacity of the organization.

Sister Circle

A project that supports the women of WORTH with leadership development skills through workshops and trainings regarding the shared dynamics of women affected by the criminal justice system. The Sister Circle strengthens both personal and professional skills of the WORTH members.

Speaker's Bureau

Serves as the voice within WORTH. Represents the organization at conferences, schools, religious institutions, prisons and other public venues. Educates community members and policymakers regarding the impact of incarceration on women. Works to keep the needs of women affected by the criminal justice system at the forefront of people's minds.