RFF believes that one of the most promising ways to improve the economic status of women is to modernize America’s employment standards.

Grantee Profile

The Rockefeller Family Fund’s Economic Justice for Women program seeks to improve the quality of life for working women and their families by advocating for equitable employment opportunities and updated employment standards.  Working at the national, state and local levels, it supports research, training, public education campaigns and advocacy efforts. Its current key initiative is focused on workplace reforms and paid sick days, for which policies have not changed despite the enormous changes that have occurred in the workforce over the past fifty years. RFF has primarily focused on paid leave policies that allow employees to take care of their own health needs or those of a family member.  It has a record of success that includes paid sick day wins in Connecticut and Seattle and more recent wins in Portland, OR and New York City.

About Our Grants

In 2019, the Woodcock Foundation provided a $75,000 grant to support the Women Effect Fund (WEF) and its continued efforts to engage new advocates for gender equality and connect them with grassroots organizations and other institutions, such as the Campaign for a Family Friendly Economy (CFFE) in Virginia and elsewhere. The funds will also go toward the next phase of WEF’s project in partnership with Paid Leave US to engage men as champions of paternity leave.