Working women earn 80% of what men earn, and jobs traditionally held by women pay significantly less than jobs predominantly employing men. This inequity is particularly problematic because more than a quarter of women-headed households in New York live below the poverty level. To combat this, not only does the YW offer workforce development programs, such as the Women’s Empowerment Network, but advocates on behalf of women to pass legislation that makes a real difference in the lives of women.
We are happy to announce that the Women’s Workforce Development bill has passed! This bill furthers the goal of the legislature that workforce training programs in New York will assist women job seekers with information and services that encourage them to seek higher paying careers. Many higher paying jobs are traditionally dominated by men but could provide opportunities for women. Workforce training programs help narrow the gender wage gap by improving training for, and increasing referral to, jobs that have higher earning potential.
Watch the YWCA campaign video: Women Need Good Jobs
Read the full bill here.
June 21, 2012