Women & Girls Fund Releases Report on the Status of Women and Girls, Videos Highlighting Recent Grants

The Women & Girls Fund Releases Report on the Status of Women & Girls, Videos Highlighting Recent Grants

The report provides details about the challenges in educational attainment, employment and domestic violence experienced by women and girls in our Northwest Corner and reveals opportunities to address these challenges and make meaningful improvements. The Women & Girls Fund is a fund of The Community Foundation of Northwest CT.

In our Northwest Corner: 

  • 51 percent of residents are female, and they earn 62.5 cents for every dollar a Northwest Corner man earns, far less than the national average of 77 cents.
  • Of the 4,400 female-headed households in our area, 38 percent of them are living in poverty.
  • Female college graduates earn more than 58 percent more than high school graduates, but by the age of 24, only 14 percent of women in Northwest CT have earned a bachelor's degree. 
  • In addition to economic challenges, there continues to be a sharp and sustained increase in the number of women and children seeking shelter from domestic violence in our 20 towns.

View Videos about the Women & Girls Fund and the grants that make a difference: 

On November 7, 2014, more than 90 attendees gathered at Fairview Farm Golf Course in Harwinton, CT to learn about the challenges experienced by women and girls in Northwest CT and receive copies of the newly released report. The Honorable Anne C. Dranginis, and Carolyn M. Treiss, Executive Director of the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women spoke about the economic challenges many women and girls face in Northwest CT and the importance of coming together as a community to address these challenges. 
 

From Challenge to Opportunity: A Report on the Status of Women & Girls in NW CT (pdf)

​The Women & Girls Fund, initiated by the Community Foundation in 1999, supports programs that address women’s needs and contribute to the welfare of children. 

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