The Women's Fund of Miami-Dade improves the lives of women and girls through advocacy and education on key issues like our Equal Pay Miami-Dade campaign. The Women's Fund Miami's vision is a community where all women and girls have equal access, opportunity, and influence.
Women are the primary breadwinners in almost two-thirds of U.S. households, yet gender pay inequality sees them earning $0.78 for every dollar a man earns. Hoping to close this wage gap, Women’s Fund Miami-Dade has launched a new campaign – “Equal Pay Miami-Dade”. Women’s Fund Board Chair Janet Altman joins South Florida PBS to explain how this initiative plans to change these statistics, and bring these women out of poverty.
One in five women in Miami-Dade County live in poverty – 20.5%, according to a recent study. And yet, if gender pay equity existed today, the poverty rate among women would drop by more than half.
Because this single issue has the potential to positively impact a wider range of issues – affordable housing, childcare, transportation and more – we chose to target equal pay as a means to improve the quality of life for women and girls in Miami-Dade County.
The Women's Fund Miami-Dade, as early as 2008, recognized sex trafficking as an emerging issue in Miami-Dade County and immediately stepped into action, advocating to and educating our community leaders to take a stand against this modern-day form of slavery involving the illegal trade of people, primarily women & children for exploitation or commercial gain. Today we are recognized as a leader on this issue and continue to work tirelessly to eliminate sex trafficking in our county, bringing together all sectors of our community to deliver the same message and to share ideas and plans.
The Young Professionals of The Women's Fund Miami-Dade bring together a network of professionals 40 years of age and younger to the importance of the advancement of women and girls in Miami-Dade. They offer numerous opportunities to network and meet other young professionals while supporting and learning more about The Women's Fund. More information can be found on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/womensfundyp
Pay Equity Advocacy Program
For two decades, The Women's Fund Miami-Dade has supported women and girls in our community. The Women’s Fund is now focused on creating structural change that improves the quality of life for women and girls in Miami-Dade County by identifying a single issue around which we engage in specific, measurable actions over a period of time to create long-term systemic change. The Women’s Fund Miami-Dade is committed to ensuring the economic security of women in our community. From identifying and targeting gender-based inequities to advocating for equality for women, we support programs, policies and educational initiatives that improve the economic security of women and girls in Miami-Dade County while convening and collaborating with other agencies and organizations that support and promote the same goals. Our goal is simple - decrease the number of women in poverty by educating and influencing employers to commit to pay equity. In year one, the campaign will begin with a focus on awareness and education about the difference that Pay Equity will make. In subsequent years, our activities will expand to ensuring that government, the private sector and non-profits activate equal pay for employees, partners and contractors. The campaign will involve collaboration with community organizations, grassroots outreach, awareness activities, focused grant making, and reporting of results.
Freedom from Violence
The Women's Fund convenes quarterly forums on violence against women. We are committed to providing needed leadership and structure while providing a resource for networking and collaboration and starting a discourse about these issues in our community. This group has played a key role in community collaborations including One Billion Rising and Stop Sex Trafficking Miami. Topics covered at the meetings have ranged from intimate partner violence and healthy teen dating relationships to childhood sexual abuse and the sexualization of women and girls. During these forums, solutions as well as the problems are identified and presented to the attendees. All organizations and interested persons working in this arena are invited and encouraged to attend this forum.
The Girls Coalition
The Women's Fund hosts quarterly meetings of the Girls Coalition, attended by girl-serving professionals who come to learn about best practices and issues faced at other organizations working with similar populations. The goals of the Girls Coalition are to strengthen the girl serving community by fostering advocacy, collaboration and education to help girls realize their full potential. Some examples of topics covered have included pregnancy prevention, working with LGBTQ populations, bullying, domestic minor sex trafficking, and homeless youth.
Stop Sex Trafficking
The Women's Fund has been involved in bringing awareness and outreach to the community on sex trafficking since 2008. In 2013 South Florida was designated as the third highest geographic area for human trafficking in the country. The Women's Fund was asked by the State Attorney and has now assumed the primary leadership role for Stop Sex Trafficking Miami in our community. Over 45 organizations are affiliated with the Women's Fund currently, and this number is growing, to form a large consortium to spread the message and bring a higher level of awareness to the community. The goal is to develop a countywide safety net throughout every neighborhood in order that young girls and boys will have safe places to go for help and not fall victim to perpetrators of human sex trafficking in order to survive.