Wyoming Women’s Foundation

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The Wyoming Women’s Foundation invests in economic self-sufficiency for women and opportunities for girls.

What Is WYWF?

Wyoming Women's FoundationThe 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.

Data Projects

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