The Buttafly Center is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to the empowerment of women via the following principles; education and training, personal development via the arts, and the provision of communal resources.

Why Do We Need To Empower Women in the Bluegrass State?

Economic Status
Median earnings for a female with an associate’s degree were only $478 greater than a male with a high school diploma/Louisville.Female head of households were more than 11 times as likely to live in poverty as males with no wife present/Louisville.

Quality of Life
According to a 2010 report, 37.5 percent of Kentucky females will be victimized by physical abuse in their lifetime. The statistic for Kentucky women increases to 47.7 percent when including any sexual violence by any perpetrator.

For females in Jefferson County, there has been a .4 percent slowing in the growth of the female population over the past decade.


Mental/Physical Health
Cancer, although the 2nd leading cause of death in the U.S., is the leading cause in Louisville for all residents including females.

In 2009, the percent of females in Jefferson County reporting fourteen or more “mentally unhealthy” days ( 9.4 percent) was 1.8 times greater than the rate reported by males (5.4 percent).

Community Leadership
In 1967, Georgia Powers was elected to the Kentucky Senate. As the first woman and first African-American elected to the state Senate, she served for twenty years. Senator Powers opened the door, but female candidates did not flood into elected offices.

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