About the Founders


Hi, I’m Charlee Newman, and I am the Founder and CEO of the Rise of Broken Women. I lived on the streets for 3 days and ate out of a garbage container located at a Chinese Restaurant. On the 4th day, I registered into a shelter where I lived for two years.

These were the worst days of my life. Afraid of my surroundings, I was in constant fear, totally humiliated, deeply ashamed, angry, hurt, and very alone.

When you’re unable to keep yourself clean as a woman, this destroys confidence, self-esteem, and some give up on life. Not only keeping yourself clean, keeping your clothing clean as well. We didn’t have a change of underwear, socks, outerwear, and toiletries.

While in the shelter one night I had a dream, and in that dream, I was called Rise of Broken Women. The dream was brilliantly portrayed to me, as an artist paints a portrait with some pain, but also a slight sigh of relief.

My purpose is to bring awareness and provide help to women in need of menstrual and feminine hygiene products and educate the community about homelessness.

I am the Rise of Broken Women.
I rise. I have risen. I rose.

I’m Abigail Silver, Co-founder, COO, and CFO of the Rise of Broken Women. I graduated from Hunter College (CUNY) with a BA in Religion. Being a public university was one of my first exposures to how people live their lives differently than my own. It dawned on me that I have been misinformed to believe that the world was malicious rather than the world was struggling.

I decided to devote my time to help where I can and studied how religion plays a vital role in community organization and the human condition. I followed my professors’ examples and ended up working in the nonprofit sector upon graduation. I used my writing skills to benefit the administrative, programs, and development departments of the nonprofits in which I worked.

Became a partner with the Rise of Broken Women on 3 May 2019 with a purpose; to make the legacy a household name. The Rise of Broken Women has since collected and distributed over $4.8 million worth of In-Kind products to help poverty-stricken women and girls around the world.

I continued to be inspired by the testimonies of those I serve. They have bettered my life and outlook on the world more than I can ever hope to repay them. My life has meaning, purpose, and value since curating my experiences.

I am happy to admit that it only compounds over time.

I rise. I have risen. And you will rise with me.