In 2017, determined to create greater equity in the workplace and empower more women, JVS SoCal and the WLN launched the WLN Women’s Empowerment Fund (The WE Fund), to raise support for much needed career guidance, mentoring and job training services for women in Southern California.
Two out of every three JVS clients are women. Though 53% of California women are employed, many earn minimum wage and are struggling to achieve economic self-sufficiency. This is especially true for female veterans, women who serve as head of their households, are divorced or widowed or those re-entering the workforce. The wage gap in California remains an obstacle to their economic well-being., For every $1 earned by white men, Latinas earn 42 cents, African American women earn 59 cents, Asian American women earn 75 cents, and white women earn 78 cents. JVS SoCal provides programming for these women, placing them in sustainable career paths, ensuring that they can lift themselves and their families out of the cycle of poverty.
We are pleased to report that we have already raised over $200,000 towards our goal of $1 Million to support women in our community. These funds are already at work having impact, helping dozens of women secure career training and placement in living wage jobs.
Source: The Center for the Advancement of Women at Mount Saint Mary’s University. (2018). California in its 2018 Report on the Status of Women and Girls in California: A Focus on Women in The Workforce. Los Angeles, CA.
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2018 WLN Leadership Council Members
Jane Z. Cohen
Eileen Coskey Fracchia*
Judy Flesh Rosenberg*