Research & Advocacy

Our research informs our advocacy and drives systemic policy change for women in our region.

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The Women's Fund

Through leadership, research and policy advocacy, the Women’s Fund works to identify and address employment barriers affecting working women and their families.

Our mission is to ensure the economic self-sufficiency of women in the Greater Cincinnati area and ignite a shared desire to improve it. We focus on child care, employment, living wage, and training and education interventions for women and their families at a systems level.

Our Impact

2021 IMPACT REPORT

2021 was a year of relationship building, an activity on which the success of our systems change work hinges. From elected officials to employers to advocates and our community partners, your Women's Fund is mobilized and ready for 2022 and beyond. 

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Why Women?


Women are disproportionately affected by poverty, as they tend to hold jobs in low-paying sectors and bear greater responsibility for caregiving in their family. In our region, nearly 18% of women are living in poverty and 69% of the children in poverty reside in a single female-headed household. The Federal Poverty Level is not a true representation of who is struggling financially as families continue to be economically vulnerable until they reach self-sufficiency levels (generally 200%-250% of the Federal Poverty Level) or more. We believe, and research shows, by improving the circumstances for women, the entire community will benefit.

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News & Events

Introducing Our New Executive Director

May 31, 2022
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The Women’s Fund announces 2021-22 Grantees

February 16, 2022

For its 2021-2022 grant cycle, the Women’s Fund designated all its grant funding to support organizational transformation to…

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News from your Women’s Fund  

January 11, 2022

Dear Women’s Fund community, My news to share with you is both exciting and bittersweet, but I am…

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WCPO 9: Eager to learn about the nation’s racial divide and...

July 21, 2021

A new research release by the Women’s Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation aims to shine light o…

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