IN SUPPORT OF THE PAY EQUITY BILL – 1/12/18

IN SUPPORT OF THE PAY EQUITY BILL – 1/12/18

My name is Rachel Kauppila and I am the Job Developer at Vermont Works for Women and I am here to express our enthusiastic support for this bill. Vermont Works for Women (VWW) helps women and girls recognize their potential and explore, pursue, and excel in work that leads to economic independence. The wage gap in Vermont, which amounts to women earning $0.84 for every $1 earned by a man, makes it very difficult for women to achieve economic independence. Read More
New Year, New Opportunity – Heather Newcomb

New Year, New Opportunity – Heather Newcomb

After more than a year of planning, Vermont Works for Women in partnership with Salvation Farms are excited to announce a new skills based, hands-on training program called Step In to Work / Vermont Commodities Program (SITW/VCP). Read More
Brave, Brilliant, Bold

Brave, Brilliant, Bold

There are some challenges all women face – the fact that women earn somewhere between 78 to 82 cents for every dollar men earn, or the fact that women of all colors and ethnicities may experience sexual harassment at work. And there are many things women uniquely experience based on… Read More
On a Peruvian Path

On a Peruvian Path

Peru isn’t the most obvious spot for entrepreneurship in Latin America, especially for women. Neighboring economic ecosystems like Chile, Colombia, and Brazil cast shadows over Peru’s entrepreneurial efforts. With a technology infrastructure still in its infancy and an economy highly dependent on raw materials, Peruvians living outside of Lima have limited options for employment. However, one woman is on a path to change that story. Read More
The stories of the women we serve.

The stories of the women we serve.

Caroline completed Step In’s classroom and work experience components, and was ready to identify a job placement. She thought an administrative position with an organization doing social service work would be a good fit for her skills and interests. During Step In, she completed.... Read More
I’m a little bit of a rule breaker….

I’m a little bit of a rule breaker….

“I’m a little bit of a rule breaker” says the presenter, Ashley, with a laugh. “We’re not!” yells someone and the group, made up entirely of incarcerated women at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility (CRCF), all laugh. Read More
SPOTLIGHT – MELINDA MOULTON

SPOTLIGHT – MELINDA MOULTON

Melinda Moulton, Friend of VWW for 16 years “Vermont Works for Women has been an organization that for many years has received corporate support from Main Street Landing.  As a woman owned (Lisa Steele) and woman managed (Melinda Moulton) company predicated to redeveloping the Burlington waterfront with an environmental… Read More
THE TRANSFORMATIVE POWER OF WORK – JEN OLDHAM

THE TRANSFORMATIVE POWER OF WORK – JEN OLDHAM

Vermont Works for Women (VWW) strives for a world where “women and girls are empowered to make confident, deliberate choices about life and work that reflect an expansive grasp of the world’s possibilities…” It is a powerful vision of which I’m thrilled to be a part. But it is actually further down the VWW mission statement that I find my real inspiration, in language about the “transformative power of work.” Specifically, it says... Read More
NEVER GIVE UP ON YOURSELF – RAYSA ORTEGA

NEVER GIVE UP ON YOURSELF – RAYSA ORTEGA

Above: Raysa Ortega in uniform. Meet Raysa Ortega. Today Raysa is a successful and respected Corrections Officer, mother of three and grandmother to one, as well as avid participant in athletic event fundraisers. But it has been a long journey to get to this place. She has faced many… Read More
Changing the World, One Girl at a Time

Changing the World, One Girl at a Time

The message of the film “Girl Rising” is powerful and clear: there are 62 million girls across the globe who are not in school and by educating them, you change their lives, their communities, and the world. This idea is echoed and elaborated on by Tanya Lee Stone in her book, Girl Rising, in which she takes a closer look at the factors impeding girls’ access to education globally while sharing many more stories and photographs. Read More