DRESS FOR SUCCESS
Dress for Success is an international nonprofit organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.
Since starting operations in 1997, Dress for Success has expanded to almost 150 cities in 25 countries and has helped more than 1.2 million women work towards self-sufficiency.
Dress for Success is the only global employment service for women and we are seeing the disparities COVID-19 has illuminated first-hand:
Women are bearing the brunt of COVID-19’s disruption, according to the World Economic Forum, serving as caregivers while also holding the majority of jobs being impacted or eliminated in response to the pandemic.
Further, women of color are disproportionately affected by COVID-19, according to the Center for American Progress, exacerbating the economic and health disparities to which they were already exposed.
Against this backdrop, our services more critical than ever to our clients who are already among the most economically vulnerable. In fact, nearly 80% of our global affiliates report clients have been laid off, 53% report clients face food insecurity, and 33% report clients face housing insecurity.
Recognizing the vital role we play in our clients’ lives, we launched our recovery campaign, #DFSMovingForward, and dedicated microsite, www.dfsmovingforward.org, to help ensure their economic stability through this crisis. Additionally, we quickly overhauled and scaled our programming structure – traditionally reliant on in-person interactions – to offering digital programs and services in response to the new normal and in anticipation of growing demand for our services as unemployment rises.
The months ahead will be difficult as we face sharp declines in projected financial support, but we are fully committed to fulfilling our mission without interruption and we invite you to join us.