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Economic Empowerment


The YWCA was established in 1858 as a voice for women's issues, but that was only the beginning of more than 150 years of active advocacy and programming for women's economic empowerment. The YWCA was the first to pioneer employment bureaus and child care centers for women. We also led the push for the eight-hour workday, the elimination of child labor, and creation of a minimum wage.

Our Transitions for Women program helps single mothers with a history of domestic abuse find sustainable employment and affordable housing. The YWCA's affordable child care program is also an important component of economic empowerment.

In 2014, the YWCA Rock County's Empowerment Center helped 87 women with career building, job searches, financial planning, life skills and more. Of that number, 32 found new jobs --not an easy accomplishment in these times.

For more information about Transitions, call (608) 314-0241 or email program director Martha Pearson at