Push for Progress in Commercial Real Estate


It’s our turn to take up the fight. Let’s push for progress to happen faster in commercial real estate

Women have been fighting for equality for generations. We’ve seen progress—but not enough—and not fast enough.

Strong women have come before us to forge the path to progress in fighting for equal rights, equal pay and the right to vote. August 18, 2020 will mark the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing and protecting women's constitutional right to vote in the United States. However, Black women were not truly given the right to vote until the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that outlawed discriminatory voting practices that many states still practiced. Rosa Parks, an activist in the civil rights movement best known for her pivotal role in the Montgomery bus boycott, was on the front line of the Selma-to-Montgomery Marches advocating for Black voting rights, and stood next to President Lyndon B. Johnson and Martin Luther King, Jr. as the landmark voting legislation was signed into law.

Rosa Parks

In Canada, The Famous Five led the effort to ensure women were recognized as “persons” in the early 1900s. Emily Murphy, Henrietta Muir Edwards, Irene Parlby, Louise McKinney and Nellie McClung were catalysts for women winning the right to vote in 1916, and left a legacy that every Canadian woman benefits from today.

The global Suffragette movement was founded in the United Kingdom in 1903 by Emmeline Pankhurst. She and the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU) decided that women had to "do the work ourselves" and adopted the motto "deeds, not words.” After enduring hunger strikes and imprisonment—and World War I—women over the age of 30 who met certain property qualifications were granted the right to vote in the U.K. in 1918.

These women fought for progress and didn’t give up—and it took a long time. In commercial real estate, progress for women has been just as slow and, in some areas of equality, stagnant.

On Sept. 2, CREW Network will launch its 2020 benchmark study, which will chart 15 years of progress for women in the industry. (Spoiler alert: women haven’t made considerable progress in the last five years either.)

It’s our turn to take up the fight. To lift as we rise. To support one other unequivocally. With our commitment and other allies, we want progress to happen faster in commercial real estate.

Help us push for progress by making a contribution to the CREW Network Foundation this month. You may choose to support CREW Network benchmark studies and annual research papers, which deliver data and action items to advance women and people of color in commercial real estate, or our Canadian scholarship fund.

1918 National Women's Party Demonstration in front of the White House

Make a contribution in honor of a woman in your life—your mother, aunt or grandma. Give in honor of a woman that inspires you to keep pushing for progress—the Suffragettes, a female trailblazer in the industry, or your first female manager or mentor. Make a contribution to honor a fellow member and help your chapter reach the Chapter Challenge. When you choose to make a gift in honor of someone who inspires you, you will have the opportunity to share their story and photo in the CREWbiz member community. 

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CREW Network Foundation is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) organization. Contributions made to the campaign will be designated toward the CREW Network Industry Research fund and are deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes. Furthermore, CREW Network Foundation is classified as a public charity under section 509(a)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code. CREW Network Foundation’s tax ID number is 48-1201724.


CREW Network Foundation Canada is recognized by the Canada Revenue Agency as a charitable organization. Contributions to the campaign will be designated toward the Annual Canadian Scholarship fund may be deductible as charitable contributions by Canadian residents. CREW Network Foundation Canada's Canadian Charitable Registration number is 80096 0478 RR00001. Checks paid in CAD should be mailed to: CREW Network Foundation Canada, PO Box 822, Stn. A Toronto, ON M5W 1G3 CANADA.


Ashley Thurston
CREW Network Foundation Coordinator
+1 (785) 856-8287