The Issue: Women Suffering Increased Unemployment Rates
Women have seen an unequal resurgence in jobs since the end of the recession, according to the Pew Center for Research. From June 2009 to May 2011, men gained 768,000 jobs and women lost 218,000 jobs—the first time since 1970 that women have lost jobs while men gained them. This data underlies a larger trend of women having trouble reentering the workforce, leading to higher rates of women living below the poverty line and trying to support young children on their own without sufficient income.
The Campaign: Teaching Skills to Help Women Find Jobs
All donations to this Grassroots campaign will be used by Dress for Success to help women get back into the workforce. For every $50 raised, Dress for Success can provide résumé guidance and mock interviews for one woman in the Career Center. Donations will also go toward running financial-literacy sessions, career-development and networking meetings, and providing professional attire for women to wear to job interviews. For $500, Dress for Success can sponsor one woman for a year in all of its programs.
Dress for Success
Sometimes it's the little things that help you get ahead. A dress suit, someone to spell check your résumé, or tips on how to introduce yourself with confidence.
Dress for Success understands that some women may just need a little help to achieve their career goals. Since its inception, the organization has helped more than 700,000 women around the globe on the road to employment. It provides support at every stage of a woman's career, from overcoming unemployment, to adjusting to a new job, to progressing in her field. Programs target each of these stages by providing business attire for interviews and a network of career-development tools including résumé-writing and job-search assistance.