Family Values at Work

Milwaukee, WI, USA mdi-circle-small


Lever for Change Equality Can't Wait Finalist

Since 2003, Family Values @ Work (FV@W) has built the power of women, caregivers and grassroots organizations fighting for gender and racial equity. Through this grant, we will expand and deepen our social justice feminist practice (meaning an intersectional, holistic feminist movement-building approach), while scaling up our leadership development models to engage more worker activists - primarily women and caregivers across intersecting identities of race, class, gender identity, sexuality, ability, immigration status and language. By putting these caregivers in the driver's seat of community leadership, movement building and elected office, we will accelerate systems change that benefit everyone, especially those most impacted by inequity. This project will build the personal agency of caregivers throughout our network and beyond, instill lasting community power, establish more partnerships between the community and elected feminist leaders and ultimately lead to transformative policy change at local, state and federal levels that achieves race, gender and economic justice.

Lever for Change Project Description
Family Values @ Work will scale their leadership development programs that help caregivers step into power while deepening their social justice feminist analysis and practice.

Launched in June 2020, Equality Can't Wait was a $40 million challenge to fund solutions to help expand women’s power and influence in the U.S. by 2030. The Challenge was hosted by Pivotal Ventures, Melinda French Gates’ investment and incubation company — with additional support from MacKenzie Scott and Dan Jewett, and Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies. Five-hundred-and-fifty (550) proposals were submitted to the competition and were evaluated using four criteria: Whether the proposals were transformative, innovative, equitable, and feasible. The Equality Can't Wait Idea Lab features top projects from all submissions, as selected by a panel of experts and peers. Five Awardees were announced in July 2021: Four received $10 million each (Ada Developers Academy; Girls Inc.; Native Women Lead; National Domestic Workers Alliance), and one received $4 million (FreeFrom).


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