Women's Economic Security Campaign (WESC) offers national and local media a unique voice on national policy issues related to low-income women and their families.
WESC was created by a collaboration of four women's funds -- the Chicago Foundation for Women, Washington Area Women's Foundation, Women's Foundation of California and the Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis. The campaign has since expanded to include many other members. In collaboration with Women's Funding Network, we work to increase opportunity for low-income women and their families, insuring that their struggles are at the center of the debate on improving our nation's economy.
In 2009 and 2010 WESC is focusing on policy and programs that support low-income women in securing stable jobs with good wages, benefits and opportunities for advancement. Many of the key policy debates during the next year could dramatically influence the employment picture for low-income women — and potentially move millions out of poverty.
These include the green jobs components of climate change legislation, and reauthorizations of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG), and the Workforce Investment Act (WIA).
On this page you'll find links to the latest WESC press releases on our key issues, media backgrounders, reports and summaries, news articles, blogs and opinion pieces.
For media inquiries, contact Ami Nagle, WESC national facilitator, at 919-493-4393.
Learn more about our policy briefs:
Child Care Matters: Building Economic Security for Low-Income Women is the third in a series focusing on job creation, training and supports for low-income women.
Aiming Higher: Removing Barriers to Education, Training and Jobs for Low-Income Women, is the second in a series focusing on job creation, training and supports for low-income women.
In its first in a series of policy briefs, Creating Opportunity for Low-Income Women in the Green Economy, WESC highlights green job opportunities, identifies barriers to women in accessing green jobs and provides recommendation for policymakers and philanthropy.