Rockefeller Family Fund: Economic Justice for Women

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 statewide in Arizona, Maryland, New Jersey.

The Women Effect Fund (WEF) is a 501(c)(3) collaborative fund dedicated to pursuing a suite of economic reforms that are central to women’s economic equality and the well-being of their families. It was founded in 2015 by a group of donors, foundations, and public charities who are jointly dedicated to an intersectional approach towards achieving true equality for all women. Since its founding, it’s helped made progress for working families by partnering with 25 organizations in 16 states to achieve real progress on economic reforms that benefit women and their families. The WEF has supported numerous earned sick leave campaigns, and through the Campaign for a Family Friendly Economy, it organizes around issues like affordable child care and elder care, a higher minimum wage, and affordable college.

About Our Grants

In 2020, the Woodcock Foundation provided a $100,000 grant to support the Women Effect Fund 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 New Hampshire and elsewhere.