Many young women in Vermont describe themselves as ill-equipped and under-prepared for the challenges of school, work, career, economic independence, and adulthood—absolutes that await them in the not-too-distant future. Reflecting upon their educational experiences and job histories in nine listening sessions and in written surveys, two hundred young women, ages 15-25 from Brattleboro to St. Johnsbury, the majority from families of limited financial means, articulated a host of concerns. Learn more by reading “Enough Said” today.
Friday, May 24th – Divas Doing Good for VWW!
Join VWW at a night of great comedy for a great cause on Friday, May 24th at 7:30 pm at FlynnSpace. Divas Do Good is the brainchild of the Vermont Comedy Divas stand-up comedy group which uses humor to give back to local non-profit organizations. Vermont Works for Women is the first beneficiary of Divas Do Good.
Tickets are $20 and available through www.flynntix.org.
10% of all Divas merchandise purchased before May 24th will be donated to VWW. Go to http://www.vermontcomedydivas.com to shop!
We are grateful to Clute Wealth Management for their support of our work with Vermont’s women and girls. Visit to learn more about their work, including financial strategies for women in transition.
Eva Sollberger of Stuck in Vermont made an awesome video about VWW and our programs. In our unbiased opinion, it’s pretty fun. Click below to enjoy it!
…if all Vermont women were able to earn enough to support themselves and their families. At Vermont Works for Women, we’re addressing this social challenge with innovative solutions. Our unique programming helps girls and women, ages 11 to 60 and from a wide diversity of backgrounds, engage their passions, live up to their true potential, and start on a path to sustainable economic independence.
Some of our programs focus on non-traditional careers – building trades, renewable energy and efficiency, and law enforcement. Others support women new to the workplace with part-time transitional jobs, mentors and life skills classes. For women coming into the community after incarceration, we provide a range of services that allow participants to form long-term relationships with a volunteer mentor, learn new skills and develop a plan for supporting themselves upon their release.
Eleven-year-old girls and economic independence? Children develop opinions about their abilities at an early age. Our Rosie’s Girls Summer Program, a day camp for girls entering 6th to 8th grade, and other programs such as our annual Women Can Do conference for high school girls, introduce young women to technical activities and the skilled trades. Our aim is not necessarily to encourage girls to choose a specific career but rather to help them develop the capacities and confidence to go forward in the world with eagerness and self-confidence – and with a sense that they can be or do whatever they wish.
Achieving economic independence is not a one-step process. It’s a progression over time. At Vermont Works for Women, we’re committed to supporting and inspiring women at every step along the way. Over 80% of our program graduates find jobs. Good for them, good for their families and good for Vermont.