Mission: WOW PROVIDES WOMEN WITH INFORMATION, EDUCATION, TRAINING AND ADVISORY SERVICES IN CAREER PLANNING AND EMPLOYMENT, AS WELL AS ENCOURAGING THE DEVELOPMENT OF NEW OCCUPATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
Geographic areas served: National and the Washington DC Metro Area
Programs: The opportunities for women in nontraditional employment (owne) initiative assisted 18 partner job training programs across the country in building strategic and targeted practices and policies for the recruitment, enrollment, retention, and placement of women in fields traditionally dominated by men, such as the building trades, advanced manufacturing, and logistics. The greater national center for women's employment equity offered technical assistance and events to help a wide range of industry partners, workforce development systems, community colleges, job training programs and community groups to build inclusive workforce and training practices.
the economic security for survivors (ess) project worked across the country to augment how victim services and the justice system respond to intimate partner and sexual violence by providing strategies, tools, education and training that can be integrated into the programs and policies that support survivor safety and well-being.
the elder economic security initiative generated research examining the economic security status of seniors at the federal, state and community levels, and supported advocacy by 17 state partners to increase economic security. With local partners, the initiative educated a wide variety of audiences, including policy makers, on seniors' and older workers' current and future retirement needs.
wow provides women with information, education, training and advisory services in career planning and employment, as well as encouraging the development of new occupational opportunities.
I have had the chance to work with WOW for over 15 years to promote the adoption and usage of the Self-Sufficiency standard, as a modification to the federal poverty guideline across the country. The Self-Sufficiency Standard reflects the true cost of living based on the geographical location and household types. To date, we have seen significant impact on how the Self-Sufficiency Standard have influenced public policies and reshaped programs that deals with economic development, workforce development, and the safety net system. The Standard has helped many communities to rethink how they need to invest and realign their resources to ensure they build an economy that provides the proper safety net and livable income to ensure folks have enough to make ends meet.
I have had the pleasure of serving on the Board of Wider Opportunities for Women for the past several years. WOW is a uniquely important organization. WOW brings its deep and broad experience in program operation and research to bear in shaping national workforce development policy. As such WOW has gained enormous respects and a well deserved national reputation. WOW speaks with authority on issues of concern to working women and national policy makers listen.
I have been involved with hundreds of non-profit organizations--including in past years working as a federal advocate for women. WOW has the best track record I have ever seen of really serving working women as well as women looking for work. They simply 'get it' when it comes to the challenges of helping women get better access to better paying jobs. They also do a fine job educating policy makers about how low income women and their families can get out of poverty AND remain economically stable for good!