Our 2020 Agenda for Women includes bold policy priorities for inclusion of women in the workforce and highlights women as key drivers of the state’s economy. The Women’s Fund of Greater Birmingham…Read more
Ensure a Gender-Inclusive Workforce and Economy
When more women participate in the workforce, wages for women and men increase. Alabama cannot maximize its economic growth without full participation of numerous targeted groups, including women. We advocate alignment of the state’s workforce development structures, public investment, and scaling of proven models—including education, training, and critical wraparound supports—that propel more women into in-demand jobs, including health care, manufacturing, and IT. Such opportunities both bolster economic stability for families and simultaneously address the state’s workforce challenges.
Additionally, we advocate for equitable wages and family-friendly workplace supports including access to affordable, quality child care, that put women squarely in the driver’s seat of their own economic success.
- Invest in and scale proven post-secondary models, created and incubated by The Women’s Fund and community colleges in the Greater Birmingham area, which include training and critical wraparound supports that propel more women into in-demand jobs, including health care, manufacturing, and IT.
- Advocate for equitable wages because the wage gap in Alabama leaves women and their families with less money to save, invest for the future, and spend on local goods and services.
- Increase affordability and accessibility of quality child care to ensure women don’t have to choose between being a good parent or a good employee.