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Organizing Low Wage Workers to Improve Wages and Income Support

9to5, National Association of Working Women

  • Program Education
  • Program Area Building Organized Communities
  • Grant Amount $200,000
  • Grant Period January 1, 2002–December 31, 2003
  • Location Milwaukee, WI, United States
  • Geographic Focus United States

About this grant

According to recent research, work is not a solution to poverty for many women wage earners, but constitutes another form of poverty. With millions of women now off public assistance but still living in poverty, the quality of work must be part of the problem. There is a critical need to strengthen the abilities of women to support themselves and their families, primarily by increasing earnings and benefits on the job and supplementing them until they reach the level of self-sufficiency.Multiyear funding will support efforts that include emphasizing to policymakers the need for full-time stable employment or partial cash assistance for part-time workers; achieving a living-wage ordinance in Atlanta and making progress on enforcement of the Paycheck Fairness Act in at least five states; working to enlarge eligibility and increasing benefit levels for food stamp recipients; and coordinating work with the National Campaign for Jobs and Income Support.Since 1974, 9to5, Working Women Education Fund has worked to build a national multi-issue, multi-racial organization dedicated to improving the lives of working women.