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The Women’s Economic Security Campaign (WESC) is a cohort of five women’s funds that share knowledge and resources to increase economic opportunities for low-income women and their families. In August of 2013, WESC released a case study detailing the current work environment for low-income women in today’s economy and how funds around the country are using strategic grantmaking to build women’s economic security. Click here to read Building Economic Security: The Power of Gender-Based Philanthropy.

In June of 2013, Washington Area Women’s Foundation published a case study on nontraditional job training programs for women. Click here to read Lessons Learned & Recommendations for the Field: A Case Study of Nontraditional Job Training Programs for Women.

Washington Area Women’s Foundation Research

In 2010, The Women’s Foundation published 2010 Portrait of Women & Girls in the Washington Metropolitan Area (Portrait Project 2010), a comprehensive look at the status of women and girls in the region.  Portrait Project 2010 is a follow-up to the 2003 report A Portrait of Women & Girls in the Washington Metropolitan Area.

These groundbreaking studies’ principal conclusion was that low-income, women-headed families – single mothers and their children – are, by far, the most economically vulnerable population in our region.

Emblematic of our collaborative and inclusive approach, The Portrait Project is the result of a two-year process during which The Women’s Foundation collaborated with a wide cross-section of community-based organizations, foundations, research institutions and individuals. An accurate “portrait” of women and girls in the region, The Portrait Project has been a proven community asset for nonprofits, policymakers and philanthropists to better inform their programming and grantmaking.

Resources related to The Portrait Project:

Portrait Project 2010
2009 Poverty Fact Sheet on Women & Girls
Executive Summary 2003
Portrait Project 2003

The findings that emerged from The Portrait Project became the foundation for The Women’s Foundation’s most ambitious initiative to date, Stepping Stones.

Stepping Stones Reports

Stepping Stones 2009
Stepping Stones 2008
Stepping Stones 2007
Stepping Stones 2006
Stepping Stones 2005

To learn more about Stepping Stones, click here.

Annual Reports

2013 Annual Report
2012 Annual Report
2011 Annual Report

2009/2010 Annual Report

2008 Annual Report

2007 Annual Report
2005-2006 Annual Report
2004 Annual Report

Geographic fact sheets:

Alexandria Facts
Arlington County Facts
D.C. Facts
Fairfax County Facts
Montgomery County Facts
Prince George’s County Facts

Population fact sheets:

Facts about African American women
Facts about Asian women

Facts about Latinas

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