New York City is a land of opportunity, but not everyone has the same opportunity to succeed and to make change. From our organization’s earliest days, women sought to create change. That founding principle is what fuels Women Creating Change today, with a new 21st Century approach.
Core to WCC’s principles is empowering women to be changemakers in their communities and in their lives. That is why WCC is focused on women’s civic engagement – to offer women from underserved communities the knowledge and skills to become changemakers.
Women are uniquely positioned to be leaders in their homes, neighborhoods, and communities, but many, primarily low-income and immigrant women, face significant barriers to participation in civic life.
WCC is developing programs, in partnership with community-based organizations, that address some of these barriers, by offering women resources, tools, and educational support to be more actively engaged in local civic life.
WCC’s new signature initiative, Civic Matters, is a multi-tiered programmatic approach that offers opportunities for underserved women to:
- Learn about civic engagement and why it matters;
- Use action-oriented tools and resources;
- Practice using advocacy skills; and
- Engage directly in advocacy for themselves.
WCC is committed to connecting with women where they are and providing programs that meet their needs. For more information, see the Civic Matters one-pager.
In the coming months and years, WCC will unveil specific programs – across New York City – that aim to facilitate greater access and opportunity so that ALL women can become changemakers.