By Michaelle Bond
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Women.nyc pulls together city resources to make them more accessible. Now Philadelphia is working on its own version of a women-centric resource guide.
A woman in Philadelphia can find business loans, apply for affordable housing, report sexual harassment at work, get free financial counseling, and find pre-kindergarten for her child.
But she’ll have to go hunting across the internet or ask around to learn about each service.
In New York City, however, that information and more is available in one hub, thanks to an innovative, interactive website the city launched last month specifically for women.
Women.nyc pulls together city resources to make them more accessible. A button translates the site into any one of 10 languages.
Philadelphia is working on its own version of a women-centric resource guide. The Philadelphia Commission for Women in the Mayor’s Office plans to post at least a partial guide for women and girls on its website this summer.
“It’s been our intent” since the commissioners were appointed two years ago, said Jovida Hill, executive director of the 27-member commission, which has been discussing what form the guide should take. “We all come to this with a common goal. And that’s gender equality,” she said.
New York’s initiative and Philadelphia’s fledgling guide are attempts to address gender wage gaps, career stagnation, and other forms of gender-specific discrimination that hold women back.
So far, Philadelphia’s guide is a paper packet with a list of contact information and websites for groups such as the city’s public health centers, the Alliance of Women Entrepreneurs, and the Asian American Women’s Coalition, organized broadly by topic.
New York’s guide is more comprehensive and organized by the service rather than the provider. Women can search to “find a job,” “run a business” and “stay healthy.” The site grew out of the city’s we.nyc, which focuses on women entrepreneurs.