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Vermont Works for Women (VWW) has over 30 years of experience working directly with girls and women to help them overcome individual and societal barriers to economic security. VWW works with employers, state agencies, schools, career and technical education (CTE) centers, and policy makers to create systems that are equitable and accessible.

Learn More About VWW's 2021 Priorities

Our Work

  • Career exploration and empowerment programs for youth (girls, non-binary and gender non-conforming individuals)
  • Employment and Career Services and Mentoring for all women and gender non-conforming individuals ages 16+; no eligibility requirements
  • Training and job search support for women in the skilled trades
  • Employment Services and Community Re-entry support for Justice-Involved Women
  • Gender equity services for employers and educators

 

AREAS Where VWW USES its voice

  • Women’s Economic Independence
    • Equal Pay
    • Raise the Wage
    • Paid Family and Medical Leave
    • Accessible, Affordable, High-Quality Child Care
  • Youth Healthy Social and Emotional Development
    • Youth Empowerment
    • Mental Health
    • Youth Voice
  • Gender-Informed Justice System
  • Gender-Informed Career Exploration and Career Pathways

 

Learn More About VWW's 2021 Priorities

 

Women's Economic Independence

Women in Vermont work; nearly 80% of women work full-time. Women in Vermont are providers; 70% of mothers are the sole or co-breadwinners. Women in Vermont are economically vulnerable; women are more than three times as likely as men to experience poverty, regardless of household type. The gendered impact of this economic recession coupled with existing inequities and Vermont’s rural economy requires structural and cultural changes to address the challenges female workers face: 

 

It is time to fairly compensate women for their work. Childcare responsibilities, unequal pay, and gender-based discrimination should not be barriers to employment or causes for leaving careers. VWW advocates for women to be able to make deliberate, informed decisions around employment that enable them to grow their careers and fulfill personal, financial, and family needs. 

Besides advocating for structural and cultural changes, VWW works directly with women to help them get and keep jobs that meet their needs. Our organization offers a compassionate and extensive network of support of women empowering other women, and gender- and trauma-informed services.

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Gender-Informed Justice System

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Gender Informed Career Exploration and pathways

Access to all occupations - including science, technology, engineering, math fields and trades careers - offers women a shot at earning a livable wage. However, as of now, the pipeline for female workers in many of these fields doesn't exist. 

 

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VWW recognizes that, in addition to gender, many factors shape the lived experiences of individuals in Vermont. These factors intersect and overlap to create unique personal identities, some of which can greatly amplify the barriers and challenges that women face. VWW is committed to supporting policies that both include the voices and address the diverse needs of Vermont women, particularly those from marginalized communities.

Please contact VWW for testimony, participant stories, or shared expertise in any related matters.