Blueprint for Investing in Girls and Young Women

Publication date: 
September, 2015
Source(s): 
New York Women's Foundation
Girls and young women comprise about 10% of NYC’s total population. But that raw statistic gives little indication of the outsized importance of this group. Enter any low-income immigrant community or community of color, and you will see girls shouldering huge responsibilities from a very early age with minimal acknowledgement and minimal support. Barely into their teen years, they are minding younger siblings and manage major household chores. In midadolescence, they are taking on low-paid after-school jobs to supplement household incomes. As soon as they master English, they are serving as translators, interpreters and advocates for older relatives. And– barely out of their adolescence – many are raising children of their own.
 
The New York Women’s Foundation’s Blueprint for Investing in Women series comprises of four reports that explore the position, strengths, needs, and best strategies for promoting the economic security of NYC women, across the full span of their lifetimes. In line with NYWF’s core mission, the series particularly focuses on the situations of women whose opportunities for progress are limited by outside factors or attitudes related to initial economic position, race, immigration status, or sexual orientation/gender identity.
 
The goals of the series are to: (1) broaden understanding of the roles and issues of the city’s low-income girls and women; (2) stimulate broad, productive discussion of how best to both support those roles and address those issues; and (3) catalyze bold investment by all stakeholders capable of expanding relevant opportunities and resources.
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