To create lasting change for women and
their families, the Women’s Foundation focuses
on relevant research, grant making, philanthropic education, and strategic partnerships with organizations that share our same goals.
Paid Family Leave
One important policy step we can take to economically empower more women is to expand access to paid family and medical leave. Women’s Foundation believes women’s issues are both economic and family issues, and we must not be lulled into the false choice of having strong businesses or strong families.
To put this change into action, Women’s Foundation worked with the University of Missouri Institute of Public Policy to commission a research study on the status of Paid Family Leave in Missouri and across the country. Currently, we are working with policymakers on both sides of the aisle to put this research into action and support legislation that expands paid family and medical leave.
To view the Paid leave policy brief, please click here.
status of women in missouri RESEARCH
In effort to better identify areas of concern for women of all ages that require policy solutions, Women's Foundation commissioned a study on the status of women in Missouri with the University of Missouri's Institute of Public Policy. This study was initially released in January 2015. Ongoing research was conducted and new findings were released in January 2017.
TO VIEW THE JANUARY 2017 DATA, PLEASE CLICK HERE.
TO VIEW THE JANUARY 2015 DATA, PLEASE CLICK HERE.
Occupational Licensing and Women Entrepreneurs in Missouri
During Global Entrepreneur Week 2016, Women’s Foundation released findings in a new research report: Occupational Licensing and Women Entrepreneurs in Missouri. The research study was conducted in partnership with the University of Missouri Truman School Institute of Public Policy and with the generous support of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
It found that occupational licensing, while intended to protect the safety and well-being of the public, can often create unnecessary barriers for women entrepreneurs by restricting entry and re-entry into professions, reducing employment, and creating economic inequity. This research shows removing these barriers will meet one of Women’s Foundation’s key goals of empowering more women to become entrepreneurs.
Women's foundation is pleased to share the 2016 report here. a fact sheet SUMMARIZING the research is available here.
INITIAL FINDINGS ON PAID FAMILY LEAVE RESEARCH
In 2016 Women’s Foundation partnered with the University of Missouri Truman School Institute of Public Policy to research paid family leave and its impact on families in Missouri and the U.S.
Initial findings show that paid family leave has many benefits, but is not available to most working families. There are real opportunities to advance paid family leave policies in order to economically empower women and their families.
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH FACULTY AND RESEARCHERS FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI, THE WOMEN'S FOUNDATION IS PLEASED TO SHARE THE 2016 REPORT HERE.
STATUS OF WOMEN IN KANSAS RESEARCH
In 2015 the Women’s Foundation commissioned a study on the status of women in Kansas with the University of Kansas's Center for Science Technology & Economic Policy. The full study was released in March 2016, and will provide a baseline for continued research that will inform reasonable policy solutions for women and their families.
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH FACULTY AND RESEARCHERS FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS, THE WOMEN'S FOUNDATION IS PLEASED TO SHARE THE 2016 REPORT HERE.
PROJECT DIANE RESEARCH
Women's Foundation partnered with the University of Kansas researchers and included a large-scale survey and analyzed 24 focus groups with 198 Special Forces men and women in order to identify potential barriers and benefits to female integration in Special Forces. The findings can also be applied in other male-dominated professions in the civilian workforce.
READ THE PROJECT DIANE REPORT HERE.
civic engagement research
In 2014, the Women’s Foundation commissioned a research study led by
Dr. Barbara Kerr, a researcher and professor at the University of Kansas,
with the following objectives:
- Gain descriptive information about women’s attitudes towards civic engagement
- Compare responses at three levels of civic engagement
- Draw themes from small groups.
After three months of online surveys, focus groups, and analysis, the results highlight there are significant barriers that keep women from becoming involved in Kansas City boards and commissions.
Read the report HERE
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