Promoting Economic Justice by Advancing Gender Equity
We are working to create an equitable Vermont where people of all identities and backgrounds have equal access to opportunities and to thrive economically – where they make confident, deliberate choices about life and work that reflect an expansive grasp of what’s possible.
We believe everyone should have equal access to work opportunities in order to make deliberate choices about their careers.
We promote self-determination in life and work and support individuals to take positive risks, face challenges, and pursue their interests as they develop a greater notion of what is possible.
We respect the unique skills, contributions, and perspectives of each individual and recognize that change requires ongoing reflection, openness, and effort.
We recognize that gender is expansive and not binary, and we welcome those who identify as women, girls, transgender, non-binary, gender non-conforming, gender-questioning, and anyone who has experienced marginalization, bias, or barriers due to their gender identity.
We recognize that, in addition to gender, many factors shape the lived experiences of individuals in Vermont, including, but not limited to, race, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, ability, socioeconomic status, religion, national origin, ethnicity, age, and experiences of trauma and incarceration.
Anti-Racism: We commit to fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion, and to contributing to the work required to dismantle systemic racism.
Strength in Partnerships: We are more powerful and effective when we work as a coalition. Partnerships bolster ingenuity, leverage strengths and resources, and address gaps in services that we cannot alone provide.
Using Our Voice: We believe in using our voice and experience to raise awareness in the community, advocate for policy improvements, and support our partners’ missions in order to address systemic barriers to economic justice.
Why Gender Equity
Everyone Deserves Access to Economic Independence
Women, girls, and gender-expansive individuals can do anything they set their sights on. However, society continues to perpetuate gender stereotypes which can limit the scope of what people pursue in their professional and personal lives.
It is important for women and girls to explore and access career fields that pay well and are in high demand so they have equal opportunities to earn a livable wage and meet their personal and family needs.