The Women’s Foundation of Greater Kansas City has recently completed a two-year study designed to assess the concerns, needs, and priority issues of Women and Girls in the metropolitan area. This study was replicated from the original research study conducted in 1992. The Women’s Foundation wanted to determine what progress we had made and if concerns had changed over the last 15 years. The current research study brought to light the new knowledge and importance of financial literacy and career development for women and girls in the Kansas City area. Along with the research, alarming statistics have surfaced about women and girls that have brought even more attention to the subject.
- A girl without a high school diploma has a 90 percent chance of being poor and raising children who will also live in poverty.
- In the KC area, the average earned income for males is $47,088; while a woman working the same amount and conditions earned $35,609.
- Women are segregated into low paying occupations, and occupations dominated by women are low paid.
Through a number of strategies including grant making, advocacy, education, convening and leadership we are working to enhance and improve financial self-sufficiency for women and girls in Kansas City and lifting them out of poverty. We work to break the cycle of poverty by investing in the success of women and girls, which is investing in their families and ultimately their communities.