Women's Economic Security Campaign

Chicago Foundation for Women elevates the economic security agenda for women and girls in the Chicago metropolitan area by improving access to education, training and support services that enable them to become financially self-sufficient, care for themselves and their families in all stages of life and advocate for a fair living wage. To this end, Chicago Foundation for Women partners with The Women's Foundation of California, The Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis and Washington Area Women's Foundation, supported by the Ford Foundation and working in collaboration with the Women's Funding Network on the Women's Economic Security Campaign.  

The Women's Economic Security Campaign (WESC) is dedicated to increasing opportunity for low-income women and their families. Its tools include public policy, advocacy, education and grantmaking to organizations that strive to eliminate poverty by helping women in need. Read more in the WESC fact sheet.

 Laverne Davis


We thank the following funder for supporting WESC's national work, and the dedicated local funders who help to support our local grantmaking, education and advocacy.

Ford Foundation logo

WESC Sister Funds:

The Women's Foundation of California logo

Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis logo

More Information and Resources

The Eleanor Network at CFW
Fact sheet on Women's Economic Security Campaign
Local grantee convening (Oct. 22, 2008)
Resources: Illinois work on economic security
Resources: National work on economic security


Renee and Tene, Welding 


Yvette Collymore

Learn more about the Women's Economic Security Campaign


References and Resources

Building Economic Security: The Power of Gender Based Philanthropy
By Women’s Economic Security Campaign, August 2013

Women's Economic Security Campaign: Connecting Women to Careers
By Chicago Foundation for Women and Jane Addams Resource Corporation, 2012

Workforce development for lower income working women in the Chicago region: the research background
By Malcolm Bush and Jiffy Lansing with Shannon Guiltinan, September 2013