Women's History Month Spotlight: Lizzie Glide

This month we celebrate powerful change-making women like Elizabeth Snyder Glide, better know as Lizzie Glide. Born before women had the right to vote in the U.S., Lizzie would spend her life spreading the message compassion.

After the death of her husband, she took over the Glide business and channeled much of her wealth into church work. She would go on to found Glide Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church and Mary Elizabeth Inn.

In the early part of the 20th century, San Francisco was a rough and dangerous place for women. One day, Lizzie stopped a woman on the street and asked her what she would do if she had a large sum of money to use to better others. The woman replied that she would build a safe home for working women. In 1914, Lizzie gave her first gift to San Francisco: The Mary Elizabeth Inn.
— Rev. Karen Oliveto, Pastor

For over 100 years, The Mary Elizabeth Inn has continued the legacy of Lizzie Glide by serving women in need including those experiencing homelessness and victims of domestic violence.  Currently they’re fundraising for their Free Meals Program which serves over 18,000 meals every year but has no dedicated source of funding.


Celebrate Women’s History Month and Lizzie Glide with a donation to Mary Elizabeth Inn!