Our mission is to educate and empower female leaders within the liberty movement.
What is LOLA?
The Ladies of Liberty Alliance is a network of independent, libertarian women leaders who, through their careers and/or personal endeavors, are dedicated to spreading the ideas of individual liberty and free markets. Participation in the Ladies of Liberty Alliance is open to any female who identifies with, or is wishing to explore, libertarian ideas. LOLA participation is free and self-defined.
What does LOLA do?
We encourage and support female leaders to stay engaged with libertarian philosophy, promote liberty to new audiences, and elevate their work through leadership opportunities and training.
Our goals are to create an empowered network of libertarian women leaders actively engaging in public discourse, showing our empathy to those harmed by government, and drawing new audiences to the political and societal changes needed to secure opportunity for every individual and family.
We accomplish these goals through three main programs:
LOLA Social Chapters
Ladies only social groups located in cities throughout the U.S. and abroad, where like-minded women come together to share their passion for personal freedom, establish a strong community through relationship building, and empower one another to be active members of the liberty movement. LOLA Social chapter events can take on any type of format that best suits their chapter–a policy based discussion, a movie screening, a potluck, or another format that ensures there is a social element to the meeting, which allows attendees to connect, build relationships, and enjoy their time together.
LOLA Leadership Training
LOLA provides skills-based training to help women reach their personal and professional goals and become strong communicators of libertarian ideas. Training is offered in Washington, DC and cities with LOLA Social chapters. Active leaders from LOLA Social chapters are invited to participate in our annual Leadership Retreat. A sample of our prior training topics include: writing op-eds, on-camera media training, personal branding, starting a blog, reaching out to your school board/church/political party about liberty, how to get published, public speaking, and more. LOLA is always looking for educators and opportunities to provide training to liberty-minded women. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to volunteer as an instructor or provide a space for us to hold a training in your area.
LOLA Speakers Bureau
LOLA provides an invaluable tool to event producers and organizers by offering a searchable database of over 100 female leaders available to speak throughout the United States on a variety of issues. LOLA promotes the work of Speakers Bureau members through regular updates and social media. To be included in our Speakers Bureau, please send an email with your information and examples of your work to email@example.com
How did LOLA begin?
In 2009, a group of women concerned about the shortage of female leaders in the fight for liberty started a group to address the problem and called themselves the Ladies of Liberty Alliance (LOLA). For the next three years, LOLA volunteers worked to build a network of libertarian women. Volunteers spoke at events, conducted outreach to new ladies of liberty, and built a support network to increase the number of women dedicated to becoming leaders within liberty-minded organizations.
In 2011, the overwhelming demand for LOLA from women around the country drove the decision to, under the direction of Nena Whitfield, officially establish Ladies of Liberty Alliance as a full-time, non-profit educational organization with the mission of educating and empowering female leaders within the liberty movement.
Since then LOLA has been active in more than 25 states, held over 35 professional development and leadership training events around the United States, and trained over 250 liberty-minded women leaders.
In 2016, LOLA expanded its programs internationally and welcomed new Executive Director, Pagona Stratoudakis, who together with President and Board Chairwoman, Nena Whitfield, are enthusiastically working to expand training programs for ladies of liberty around the country and launch new LOLA Social chapters throughout U.S. and abroad.
The Ladies of Liberty Alliance is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt educational organization. Donations may be eligible for corporate matching gifts. Contributions are received from individuals, foundations, corporations, and partnerships and are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law.