San Francisco and Marin
For every woman who stands up for justice
And every woman who stands by her side
For every woman who confronts a glass ceiling
And every woman ready to raise the roof
YWCA San Francisco and Marin

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Female, Over 50 and Looking for a Job?


Our FiftyPlus program is for You!

FiftyPlus is the premier place for women 50 and older to take control of their career. Our free workshops and ongoing support can help you develop new skills, build your confidence and find your next job. Whether you’re unemployed, coming back to the workforce after a break, or just looking to make a career change, we have something for you! Your path to success starts here.

“FiftyPlus was just what I needed, when I needed it.” – Successful FiftyPlus Client

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To The YWCA!

YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

For more than a century, the YWCA San Francisco & Marin has responded to the changing roles, needs and aspirations of a diverse population of women, girls and families.

The voices of women have blended to create a vision that keeps the YWCA strong and current even in times of national change and challenge.

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.......... Marin Voice ..........


Helping women succeed in our workforce

In his 2014 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama spent the greater portion of his speech focused on the simple and profound belief in opportunity for all. He shared a number of strategies to help people across America find jobs, grow businesses and ensure our country's overall economic stability.

Profoundly he called out the need to ensure that women are supported by a system that helps them achieve their own economic self-sufficiency. "When women succeed, America succeeds," he boomed to an audience that roared back in agreement. Women make up more than 50 percent of the workforce, yet still only earn 77 cents on the dollar. Over a lifetime women lose hundreds of thousands of dollars in earnings, just for being a woman.

Maria Shriver recently pointed out in her January Atlantic article, women often bear more of the caregiving burden for family members, both young and old, and this struggle only increases for those who are lower income. "The new iconic image of the economically insecure American is a working mother dashing around getting ready in the morning, brushing her kid's hair with one hand and doling out medication to her own aging mother with the other," Shriver writes.

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Guest op-ed by Jane Winter
Published: March 10, 2014