Supporting women’s economic self-sufficiency is central to WOMEN’S WAY’s work. Our strategic grantmaking initiatives provide us with deep knowledge and expertise into the factors that are still holding women and girls back, and many of these factors are systemic and economic in nature. In Pennsylvania, approximately two-thirds of minimum wage workers are women, and 40% of women-led households live in poverty. Poverty rates for women of color are especially high. Factoring in the reality that women in the United States still earn approximately 77 cents of what their male counterparts make, we know that we must advocate for policies that better support women and their families.
In partnership with the Bucks County Women’s Advocacy Coalition, WOMEN’S WAY is launching a new initiative to combat the Cliff Effect in Pennsylvania, a phenomenon by which individuals – most often women – are not able to gain economic security for themselves or their families due to misalignment in the public assistance system. Finally, every year, WOMEN’S WAY convenes community members and partner organizations at the Women’s Issues Summit, where we collaborate and share best practices on how to most effectively achieve economic self-sufficiency and justice for women.