Women & Words was started in 2003 by Sheila Irani and a group of women who loved to read and whose mission was to present an event where women’s words and achievements are honored. They created a literary event that promotes women authors and inspires others by donating the proceeds to women’s and children’s charitable organizations. Since 2004, Women & Words has raised almost $30,000 for charities such as Children’s Law Center, Penny Lane, Women’s Care Cottage, Westside Children’s Center, Children’s Institute Inc., Children’s Hospital, WriteGirl, Echo Center for Parenting Education, and Reach Out and Read.