ALMA Fund

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Support women fighting for equal pay, paid leave and opportunities to enter high-paying professions.

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The Challenge

A gap remains at all levels of a women's career journey, from entering high-earning fields like technology, to equal pay and earning promotions. Women still earn 78 cents to a man's dollar.

The Solution

There is no single solution for advancing women through their careers. This fund supports women throughout their career journeys from education through promotion and advancement.

Strategies

1. Access to education

Technology is the fastest growing career field, and fewer women are entering than in the past. We want to encourage more young women to embrace STEM, especially learning to code.

2. Fair workplaces

Unfair hiring policies and parental leave are two significant drivers of the wage gap. These nonprofits advocate for equality in the workplace.

3. Inspiring women

These organization create camaraderie for women in their careers, making sure girls and women find a community, role models and support networks.

Our partners

The 4 Nonprofits

Together, these nonprofits are supporting and advancing women throughout their full career journey.

Nationwide

AnitaB.org

AnitaB.org is best known for its annual Grace Hopper Celebration, the world's largest gathering of women technologists with more than 20,000 attendees.

San Francisco

Equal Rights Advocates

ERA is fighting for laws that prohibit sex-based discrimination.

Nationwide

Girls Who Code

Equipping girls with the computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities.

Nationwide

PL+US

On a mission to win high-quality paid family leave for everyone.

Did you know?

In 2017, female full-time, year-round workers made only 80.5 cents for every dollar earned by men.

Latest from Instagram

1 day ago - @paidleaveus

Pull up a job description and you might companies describing their maternity leave or medical leave policies as “generous.” But maternity leave isn’t “generous”... it’s necessary. We couldn’t agree more with @emilymccraryruizesparza at @fastcompany: “By referring to maternity leave as generous, we’re doling out a heap of unearned credit to reluctant employers in a country that lags embarrassingly far behind not just other industrialized countries, but the rest of the world.” Link in bio!

#maternityleave #paternityleave #parenthood #motherhood #fatherhood #mothers #parents #familytime #paidfamilyleave #paidleave #motherhoodunplugged

1 day ago - @anitab.0rg

Our Spring Partner Meeting was a tremendous success with 90+ partners working collectively to build balanced teams, encourage innovation, and prove their commitment to increasing the number of #womenintech roles at all levels. Thank you, Partners! #50/50by2025 #diversityintech

1 day ago - @girlswhocode

"Because it was US. And we were magic. Forever" — Jenny Young #SomeoneGreat cc: @netflix #codingmemes #moviememes

2 days ago - @girlswhocode

We stand together in #sisterhood.

2 days ago - @paidleaveus

Access to #PaidFamilyLeave is urgent for the more than 80% of U.S. families who have no paid leave. PL+US advocate Morgan shared her all-too-common experience with @time. Although Morgan had access to paid leave when she was pregnant with twins, she ended up taking unpaid time after her fiance had multiple seizures and had to spend weeks in intensive care. With her twins born at 3lbs and each with a minor brain bleed, Morgan burnt through her paid leave: “We have every incidence of privilege, and it’s still incredibly hard. I have no idea what people who aren’t similarly situated do. I can’t even imagine.” Politicians from both parties support #PaidLeave but disagree on how to pay for it, and meanwhile millions of U.S. employees are left saving the little paid leave they have or taking major financial hits when they have medical crises, need to be family caregivers, or have children. Read more about Morgan's story at TIME at the link in our bio.

#Parenthood #Motherhood #Fatherhood #Family #Caregiving #ParentalLeave #money #finances #familycrisis #familytime #parenting #politics #bethechange #babies #twins #disability #familylife #parentproblems

3 days ago - @girlswhocode

Our eyes are tired just thinking about it 👀 -- #coding #codingmemes

3 days ago - @paidleaveus

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves… "I think it's a real travesty that as the wealthiest nation in the world, we are the only industrialized nation without a paid family leave policy" - @repstephmurphy. We’re grateful to Rep. Murphy for meeting our awesome advocates @imstephramos and @ryvantes for paid family leave last week during the Ways & Means hearing, and for her continued fight for paid leave in the U.S. Watch the full @cheddar interview with Rep. Murphy at the link in our bio.

#congress #congresswoman #paidfamilyleave #paidleave #family #usa #caregiving #advocacy #florida #fl #bethechange #politics #advocacy #leadership #leaders

4 days ago - @paidleaveus

Mother’s Day is always preceded by ads for expensive jewelry for mom and a rush to plan brunch and buy cards and flowers. But moms actually need a lot more than flowers and breakfast in bed. Moms need federal policies that make it easier to be moms, including #PaidFamilyLeave. Mothers in the U.S. are struggling, and only 17% of employees in the U.S. get paid leave from their employer. For low-income earners, that number is 6%. So why the discrepancy between how we say we should treat moms and how they’re treated by policy? Read more from @USAToday at the link in our bio!

#MothersDay2019 #Moms #Motherhood #Parenthood #PaternityLeave #MaternityLeave #Family

4 days ago - @anitab.0rg

Learn about the journey of Brenda Darden Wilkerson, President & CEO of AnitaB.org, to achieve #techequity in an interview with wogrammer. #5050by2025 #diversityintech (Copy and paste link from first comment.)

4 days ago - @girlswhocode

The #sisterhood has spoken #TimesUp — Girls Who Code Alumni, @dianakris accepted @thewebbyawards on behalf of Girls Who Code and the sisterhood. Her #5WordSpeech was: Stop sexual harassment in tech #Webbys #WomenInTech

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FAQs

Why is fair paid leave important?

The United States is the only high-income country that does not offer government-subsidized paid parental leave for mothers or fathers. Of the 193 countries in the UN, the US is part of a small group that offers no paid leave for new parents. Our lack of a national paid leave policy affects families, women’s ability to fully participate in the labor market, and U.S. economic growth. Yet 26 weeks of paid leave would increase US women's labor force participation to the tune of a 5% increase in GDP.

What's the law around equal pay?

Paying women less than men for the same work has been illegal ever since the Equal Pay Act of 1963 became law. Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, employers were no longer allowed to pay women less than men, refuse to hire women, or fail to provide equal training and promotion opportunities to employees “because of” their sex. Nonetheless, in 2017, women still earned, on average, only 80 cents for every dollar earned by men – a gap that translates to an average loss to working women of over $11,000 per year, and hundreds of thousands of dollars over a lifetime.

How many women work in tech?

How many women work in tech?

There is some disheartening news for women in tech: the number of women in technology has been decreasing every year in the United States and beyond. 1984 was the high point for US women in this field; 38% of computer science degrees were awarded to women that year. Every year since, women have left technology in larger numbers than they have entered it.

At every critical moment in a tech career - starting primary school, embarking on secondary education, gaining internships, initial hiring, mid-career advancement, and the crucial transition from mid-career to senior executive leadership), men are twice as fortunate as women at being awarded those key advancement milestones.

Governing

As Protections for Pregnant Workers Falter in Congress, States Step Up

Forty years ago, Congress amended civil rights law to cover pregnant women, giving them federal protection against being fired, reassigned, docked pay or denied benefits based on their condition. The Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 required employers to allow women who are pregnant the same leaves of absence they’d give an employee on leave for sickness or disability.

It was a landmark piece of legislation. But it hasn’t stood up very well in an era when many more women are in the workplace. For one thing, it doesn’t apply to businesses with fewer than 15 employees. It’s also full of loopholes. Employers don’t have to accommodate a pregnant woman’s need to work sitting down, to use the bathroom more frequently or to have a private area to pump milk after the baby’s born. “Even though pregnancy discrimination has been illegal for a generation, it’s still pretty rampant,” says Sarah Fleisch Fink, director of workplace policy at the National Partnership for Women and Families. “It exists across industries, race and ethnicity, although it disproportionately impacts women of color. Women are still fired for being pregnant.”

In some instances, the issue has brought together ideological opposites. “We’ve been seeing some really interesting alliances between pro-life groups and feminist and workers’ rights groups,” says Jennifer Reisch, legal director of Equal Rights Advocates, a California-based legal group.

Did you know?

In the Fortune 500, there are more CEOs named John than there are female CEOs

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