The Need is Real
Research shows that traditional philanthropy is not meeting the needs of women and girls.
Seventy-eight percent of the nation’s poor are women and their children but less than 7.5 cents of every dollar donated by organized philanthropy go to programs which specifically address the needs of women and girls.
With increasing cut backs in public assistance and other public support programs, our nonprofit partners play an ever greater role in providing the targeted assistance, outreach, and tools to help women and girls help themselves to build self-sufficiency and self-determination.
The Disadvantaged Status of Many Women and Girls in Essex County
Here, in Essex County, women and girls make up 52% of our population but bear a significantly disproportionate burden of poverty, workplace inequities, violence and other barriers to self-sufficiency and self-determination. These are the findings of a recent analysis by The Women’s Fund of Essex County of the 2010 American Community Survey released by the US Census in September 2011. This data is the most up-to-date snapshot available on the current social and economic situation of women and girls in Essex County, and the trends are consistent with Massachusetts and the nation.
Women in Poverty
By every measure, female householders in Essex County and their families have the lowest median income and highest poverty levels of all family households. READ MORE
Employment & Earnings
Females represent 50% of the employed workforce in Essex County but continue to earn significantly less than men. These earnings disparities are consistent with state and national averages. READ MORE
The Power of Education
The data clearly demonstrates that educational attainment impacts financial security. Across the board, higher educational attainment means lower levels of poverty. READ MORE
About the Data
Snapshot of Federal Poverty Levels
Do you know Essex County’s Cost of Living?