Advancing Economic Justice for Women and Families

In New York City, women of color and immigrant women bear the brunt of responsibility for both raising and providing for their families, for being the labor force that supports the economy, and for leading the projects that sustain their communities. Many of the core struggles of New York City’s immigrants and women of color are the direct result of unjust pay scales, poor working conditions and exploitative financial practices rooted in structural racism. Substantial change involves building economic security potential, as well as transforming systems and policies to support economic justice. Future economic progress in New York City is based on the economic sustainability of underinvested women.

The New York Women’s Foundation supports organizations and programs that promote economic well-being and independence of women and girls and gender fluid individuals living at or below the poverty level.

We do this by investing in:

Organizations working to advance economic security and justice for all women through workforce development programs, promotion of wage parity and living wages, an fair and safe working conditions.

New/Solidarity Economic approaches that allow more income to remain in the hands of women and their communities, such as worker co-ops, entrepreneurship, land ownership and micro-enterprise.

Growing areas of need including immigrant rights, safe and affordable housing, and affordable, high-quality childcare. 

Initiatives that address impediments to women’s economic security, including our Justice Initiative and Collaborative Fund, a first-of-its-kind grantmaking and philanthropic mobilization effort to invest in community-based and cross-sector solutions that significantly decrease the involvement of women and families in all aspects of the justice system. Key among the priorities is closing Rikers Island and investing in alternatives that promote justice, safety and overall well-being for these communities. The Justice Fund welcomes partnership and investment from individuals, foundations, and corporations. To learn more, please contact Dominique-Laura Pierce at

Strategic Partnerships 

Through strategic partnerships, The Foundation is able to increase efforts to accelerate momentum for change on issues focusing on economic and social disparities for women, families and gender fluid individuals.

– Respectability: Founded in 2013 and led by a woman with a disability, RespectAbility fights stigmas and advances opportunities for people with disabilities by finding and disseminating best practices that can dramatically improve the lives of people with disabilities. Per 2016 Census data, women with a disability in the New York City area earn on average nearly $16,000 per year less than men without a disability, and $9,000 less than women without disabilities. In NYC, only 44% of people with disabilities graduate from highschool, compared to 66% nationally. The results are even worse for girls and women with disabilities from marginalized populations. The Foundation’s investment in Respectability will allow them to launch a community of practice in NYC to engage nonprofit and philanthropic institutions and increase their capacity to engage and impact the lives of women with disabilities.