HerChesapeake works at the intersection of feminism and environmentalism to cultivate a network of women who elevate, amplify and empower each other in equitable pursuit of their collective success and a healthier Chesapeake Bay.
HerChesapeake serves the needs and interests of its members by providing safe, supportive and collaborative spaces to share experiences, solve problems, build personal and professional skills, and connect.
HerChesapeake serves and supports all self-identified women, who are directly or indirectly working or volunteering in a field related to the Chesapeake Bay, and who, as women, experience distinct challenges, biases, inequities, and expectations. Gender equality has slowly improved, but many inequalities remain ingrained in social and cultural norms. As the needs of women change over time, so will the services and support HerChesapeake provides.
The Chesapeake Bay watershed is an estuary, where fresh and saltwater mix to produce enormous natural diversity. This bountiful landscape, stretching from the rolling Appalachians in New York to the lowland coastal marshes of Virginia, supports over 18 million citizens who live, work, and play here. By 2030, the population within the Chesapeake Bay watershed is expected to grow to 20 million. The challenge for the Bay lies in the reality that a large area of land drains into a relatively small body of water. All the rivers, streams, and rainwater from 64,000 square miles of land flows into just 4,000 square miles of the Chesapeake Bay. Any pollution those waterways pick up along the way also ends up in the Bay.
Clean water is central to life, but the United Nations projects that by 2030, half the world’s population will be living in water stressed areas due to water extraction, pollution, and climate change (UNDESA). As a major water resource for so many people in one of the densest developing regions of the U.S., we all need to do our part to protect the Chesapeake Bay watershed so that we’re able to continue to live, work, and play here for many generations to come.