About Us

History of Women Who Lead

Women Who Lead (formerly known as Wonder Women League), or WWL, was founded in 2017 as a part of the United Way of Ellis County. The purpose of WWL was, and still is, to inspire and empower women to affect change in our community. Each month, WWL brings together women who plan projects and support initiatives all over Ellis County.

WWL first came on the scene by hosting the Power of the Purse fundraiser and membership drive. The Power of the Purse has not only supported multiple projects in the community over the years but has also driven our membership up to almost 175 members! Since our founding in 2017, we have supported numerous projects in Hays, Ellis, and Victoria, including Born Learning Trails in Hays and Ellis; Matthew’s Gift, in collaboration with HaysMed; Project Suitcase, in collaboration with the Hays, Ellis, & Victoria Police Departments; the annual Power of the Purse fundraiser; and our new scholarship program for young women. We also serve as volunteers throughout the community, offering support to United Way projects such as Reality U, hosting activities for the elderly, and volunteering for community events such as Wild West Fest and the Encore Series at Fort Hays State University.

After six years of partnership with the United Way of Ellis County, Women Who Lead became a stand-alone 501c3 non-profit in 2023, and continues to do the great work it always has.