Helping Women - Employment & Economic Independence

by Women's Employment Network


Women's Employment Network (WEN) was founded in 1986, in an effort to assist women with raising their self-esteem and achieving economic independence through sustained employment. WEN takes a long-term view of our clients' lives and futures. We abide by the adage of "teaching a woman to fish", rather than "giving a woman one fish". What we do is bigger than just helping women find jobs. We help women find careers and a path to a future that includes self-sufficiency and stability.

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Chronic and persistent poverty is common for many of the women WEN serves. On average, clients of WEN entered the program with $250 more in monthly expenses than income. Their average net income for our clients per month is -$333.39. The majority of women served at WEN come to the organization having been out of work for a period of time, or have been recently laid off from a job -- our clients are generally unemployed at the time we have contact with them.


WEN's staff works individually with women to identify barriers to employment and to provide the services needed to eliminate or overcome those barriers, thus empowering women to achieve economic self-sufficiency in today's workplace environment.

Long-Term Impact

WEN's program serves over 700 women per year, empowering them to find sustainable employment with wages and benefits enough to provide for themselves and their families, stopping the cycle of poverty and giving hope for the future.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).



Organization Information

Women's Employment Network

Location: Kansas City, MO - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Whitney Justice
Grants & Communications Officer
Kansas City, MO United States
$61,125 raised of $85,000 goal
537 donations
$23,875 to go
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