We are coming up on nearly two months since the COVID-19 pandemic upended our lives and jeopardized our sense of safety and welfare. While we try to make sense of this crisis and its long-term effects, the short-term reality is glaringly evident: the disproportionately negative effect on women.
The majority of essential workers in Vermont are women,
and while rightfully lauded as heroes in our communities,
their low wages are an insult to the value of their work.
This hardship goes beyond the healthcare and services fields – and does not incorporate other unsung heroes - like the full-time working moms
now managing a job remotely while home-schooling their children.
This disparity is indicative of a much larger problem, one that is at the very heart of the Vermont Women’s Fund’s mission.
We are working on systemic inequity with more intensity than ever but today, I want to describe the most recent actions the Vermont Women's Fund made to protect women and girls in Vermont.
Last week, the Women’s Fund granted $292,000 to nonprofits throughout Vermont. In the process, we had to pivot our grant process significantly in light of the pandemic. Read more on how we did an about-face to direct emergency funds to safeguard Vermont's women and girls with our 2020 grant-giving.
Please know that the Vermont Women’s Fund stands with you
as we navigate this storm and work together to
build a better future that is more equal and resilient for all.
We are so grateful to the women of Vermont working on the front lines of this pandemic, caring for the ill, the elderly, and a myriad of other essential jobs. We thank them and all other essential workers for all they are doing to keep us safe and well.
Wishing you all peace and safety,
Meg Smith, Director
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fund. We exist because of you. The support we receive from you, our donors and sponsors, is what makes our work possible. For $5, $10, or $20 a month, you can create an equitable future for women and girls in Vermont.
Please make an ongoing investment
in Vermont's women and girls today.