Holding Up Half the Sky

Jan 01, 2007
  • Description

Through our in-depth research conducted in 2006-2007, we have concluded that the most critical need of women and girls in Fairfield County is economic security for low-income working women, especially single working mothers. Due in part to the high cost of living in our area, economic security was a recurring theme in almost every avenue of our research. As the most economically vulnerable population in our region, low-income working women need jobs with fair wages and benefits that will support high quality child care, stable housing, health care, as well as the education and skills necessary to improve their position over the course of their lives. A position of economic security enables women and children to move beyond a daily struggle of making ends meet and trading one basic need, such as food, medicine or rent, for another.