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The Women’s Fund is the region’s expert on the status of women’s economic self-sufficiency. Through producing over 20 primary reports and many secondary reports, the Women’s Fund has provided actionable insights and recommendations to inform policy and decision makers on barriers for women in our region. The Fund’s most recent reports centered the powerful ways discrimination by race and gender contribute to economic barriers and opportunity. A multi-phased research report on Black women’s economic mobility illuminated the ways in which the economic systems can actively deter Black women from economic prosperity.
All advocacy efforts advanced by the Women’s Fund are non-partisan, grounded in evidence and data, conducted with respect and civility for all and advance the cause of women’s economic self-sufficiency. The advocacy issues the Women’s Fund centers are critical to the advancement of economic mobility for women in the Greater Cincinnati region and informed by community voice. The Women’s Fund 2022 policy advocacy priorities are the Cliff Effect and Public Benefits Reform; Affordable, Accessible Child Care and Paid Leave; Ensuring a Living Wage by Reducing Occupational Segregation and Increasing the Minimum Wage; Pay Equity; and, Applying a Gender and Racial Lens on Public Policy.
Women are disproportionately affected by poverty, as they tend to hold jobs in low-paying sectors and bear greater responsibility for caregiving in their family. In our region, nearly 18% of women are living in poverty and 69% of the children in poverty reside in a single female-headed household. The Federal Poverty Level is not a true representation of who is struggling financially as families continue to be economically vulnerable until they reach self-sufficiency levels (generally 200%-250% of the Federal Poverty Level) or more. We believe, and research shows, by improving the circumstances for women, the entire community will benefit.