Growing and strengthening west Michigan's middle class
GRAND RAPIDS October 9, 2015– The KICLC Women’s Caucus will be taking a special field trip this month– to the Women’s Resource Center of Grand Rapids. The Caucus decided last month to organize a service project this fall to benefit the Women’s Resource Center, and this Tuesday, October 13, they will take a tour of the facility and meet with staff to discuss the Center’s immediate needs.
Any women who support building a stronger middle class and would like to take an active role in the west Michigan labor movement are welcome to attend and be part of the KICLC Women’s Caucus, regardless of union membership or employment status.
WHAT: KICLC Women’s Caucus October meeting
WHEN: Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 5:30pm
WHERE: Women’s Resource Center, 678 Front Ave NW in Grand Rapids
MORE INFO: Email Caucus Chair Lisa Bennett (OPEIU Local 277) at LMBennett@ailife.com
From the Women’s Resource Center website:
Women’s Resource Center advocates for women to achieve economic independence through meaningful employment. Our programs and services empower and educate. We partner with caring individuals and organizations throughout West Michigan to purposefully transform the employment outcomes for all women.
The issues faced by women in the workforce drive our programming and inspire our mission. We’ve traveled hand-in-hand with women since 1973 as they have seen their own social situations change and the environment in the workplace evolve. Along the way our programs and services have grown to more effectively motivate and inspire our participants, while giving voice to all women who seek meaningful employment in our community.
At the heart of everything we do is the goal of economic independence for women, regardless of their current situation. Here is a snapshot of the women we served last year:
- 741 women who were parenting a total of 675 children
- Ranged in age from 17 to more than 60 years old
- Fifty-seven percent were single parents
- Seventy-one percent earned less than $15,000 per year – not a livable wage for a single person, much less for a family