The Wyoming Women’s Foundation invests in economic self-sufficiency for women and opportunities for girls.
What Is WYWF?
The Wyoming Women’s Foundation was established in 1999 as a priority fund of the Wyoming Community Foundation. Since then, WYWF has granted more than $800,000 to organizations helping women attain economic self-sufficiency and providing opportunities to girls as they work towards economic stability in their future.
WYWF is currently focused on funding research to determine Wyoming’s self-sufficient wages and to examine wage adequacy.
KIDS COUNT Partnership
Children’s success is often closely tied to their mothers’ well-being, including her economic stability. Whether a child lives in a one- or two-parent household, having a parent—or parents—who can meet their family’s financial needs is important. WYWF partners with KIDS COUNT to explore the relationship between women’s economic self-sufficiency and the well-being of their children.
The Economic Status of Wyoming’s Working Women: 2016
WYWF updated information about women’s wages in Wyoming and the gender wage gap with the help of author Dr. Catherine Connolly and the Wyoming Survey & Analysis Center, both at the University of Wyoming. The resulting report:
- Demonstrates the wage gap in earnings by county for Wyoming
- Shows how the gap can be narrowed through continued education for women
Wyoming Self-Sufficiency Standard
In 2016, WYWF also released the Wyoming Self-Sufficiency Standard and supplemental reports: “On the Road: Exploring Economic Security Pathways in Wyoming” and Overlooked and Undercounted: Struggling to Make Ends Meet in Wyoming.” Reports were authored by Dr. Diana Pearce at the Center for Women’s Welfare at the University of Washington. These data pieces:
- Establish a self-sufficient wage in Wyoming by county and family type
- Explore the impact of work support programs on wage adequacy
- Provide interactive tools to determine customized self-sufficiency calculations based on location and family type