Poverty, violence, and a lack of health options or access affect women differently, and sometimes disproportionately.
We target that disparity.
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Gender affects perspectives, experiences, aspirations, needs, and priorities. To get a clearer look at the issues women face - and develop effective strategies for tackling them - funders and policymakers alike must learn to look through the gender lens.
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What steps do you take to prevent yourself from being sexually assaulted?
In hundreds of lectures and workshops, educator Jackson Katz has asked his audience this same question; the answers are aggregated below.
Source: "Gender Inequality." Jackson Katz, in Gender Lens for Inclusive Philanthropy, Crooks, Mary (2009). The Victorian Women's Trust, Melbourne, Australia.
In 2013, the average working woman in the U.S. earned just 77 cents for every dollar that a man earned. In Chicago, that number falls to 65 cents.
There are lots of reasons, from lower pay for a women performing the same job as a man to more women stuck in low paying industries and occupations.
The bottom line is this: too many women are working hard and still not making it.
That's where the Eleanor Network at Chicago Foundation for Women comes in.
Fifty years after the Equal Pay Act, women at both ends of the salary scale are still living with the gap.
Source: Institue for Women's Policy Research, 2011
Source: Institute for Women's Policy Research, 2011
Domestic violence is five times more likely to affect women than the most prevalent communicable disease in Chicago.
It's not just the misery that is staggering.
Source: Fearon and Hoeffler, 2014
> $5.8 billion*
Annual cost of interpersonal violence against women in the U.S.
Annual U.S. spending on prevention programs.
*Direct cost of medical treatment ($4.1 billion) plus indirect costs such as lost productivity ($1.8 billion)
THIS IS THE WAY TO FREEDOM
For every 100 breast cancers diagnosed among white women, 18 will be fatal.
Among black women, that number rises to 27.
At the time of diagnosis, 45% of black women will be told their cancer has already spread to their lymph nodes or other organs.
Preserving a woman's reproductive rights is only part of the health story.
In 2014, we made grants totaling more than $2 million dollars, our biggest year to date.
of the fledgling organizations we single out for funding are still going strong after 10 years.
CFW has played a role in 100 percent of the biggest policy wins for women and girls in the last 15 years.
individuals directly and indirectly impacted by our grants over a yearly period.
new donors/investors inspired to support women and girls over the past year.
women and organizations trained through the Women's Leadership Development Initiative over the past two years.
Every $1 invested in reducing domestic violence returns $17.
CFW's 2014 investment of $486,390 returned $8,268,630.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, March 2003
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