WOWFED serves as a uniting force of women in the workplace, advocating for their rights, cultivating relationships in organizations, and providing valuable resources to build relationships for the greater good.
“In many work environments, there are women who are more qualified than men. Statistically they earn more college degrees. But the fact remains that women are sorely underrepresented at every level in the workforce. Yes, some progress is being made as organizations begin to commit to gender diversity. But to see real change, we need leadership and accountability, and that’s why the creation of Wowfed is a necessity.”
According to Ellington, part of the problem lies in the fact that almost 50% of men believe women are well represented in leadership in companies, whereas in fact only one in ten senior leaders is a woman. Surprisingly, women in the U.S. are paid 20% less than men, and the pay gap widens at higher education levels as women move into executive and professional positions.
“We are the voice of women in the workforce,” adds Ellington. “We look forward to becoming a driving force in the movement towards a safe and fair labor union for everyone. Our goal is a future where all workers have a voice with fair wages, a safe workspace, access to affordable benefits that target women’s needs, education, family leave, and opportunities for advancement where it’s deserved.”
Our labor unions are not narrow, self-seeking groups. They have raised wages, shortened hours and provided supplemental benefits. Through collective bargaining and grievance procedures, they have brought justice and democracy to the shop floor. But their work goes beyond their own jobs, and even beyond our borders.”
~President John F. Kennedy