After honing in on the goal to increase the percentage of women earning a living wage, the Women’s Fund convened the Task Force on Pathways for Women to a Living Wage, a cross-sector collaboration of over 40 individuals and organizations, to determine how best to move the needle on women's economic independence. Co-chaired by Val Bassett and Jean Fox, the Task Force studied key barriers and best practices and identified 27 concrete recommendations for action in these categories, agreeing to focus in particular on changes that will increase opportunities for low-income girls and women and girls and women of color, while also benefitting all women:

    1) Increase access to quality free/affordable early education and child care

    2) Create equity in employment, benefit and wages

    3) Increase living-wage focused education and training access and completion

    4) Improve health, safety and well-being

    5) Strengthen, improve and protect safety net and economic mobility public      programs

    6) Increase civic leadership and political participation

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The Women’s Fund advances economic security for women and girls in Southeastern MA, promoting equity across race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, gender identity and country of origin.  We build partnerships and use our voice, advocacy, and grantmaking to foster a more just region.

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The Women's Fund is a Fund of the Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts

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