1 IN 3 IMMIGRANT WOMEN LACKING US EDUCATION IS OUT OF THE WORKFORCE.

Regardless of their country of origin and their level of education, women are more likely to be unemployed or underemployed. But this is particularly the case for immigrant women who are not educated in the US: one in three remain out of the workforce. 

They are underrepresented in managerial and professional occupations, have lower earnings, and suffer from higher poverty. Immigrant women are also much more likely to experience discrimination and abuse, both at work and at home. 

In addition, young immigrant women remain the main caregivers for their children with little support and resources, which further hinders their entry and advancement in the workforce.

In New York City, immigrant women form more than half of all immigrants, and are mothers to the majority of children born each year. 


WE EMPOWER YOUNG IMMIGRANT WOMEN TO SECURE THEIR FIRST PAYING, FULFILLING JOB IN NYC, AND TO BECOME AGENTS OF CHANGE IN THEIR COMMUNITIES. 

The LEAD program was the best thing that happened to me last year (…) I had very low self-esteem since my arrival here and hadn’t looked for a job because of the language barrier, but the encouragement and the knowledge I received during the workshops helped me gain a lot of confidence and the skills that I needed to move forward,” said Fatoumata, from Guinea. Today, Fatoumata works as a community organizer for one of New Women New Yorkers’ nonprofit partners in Brooklyn.

Sarah from Hong Kong, Stefania from Mexico, Anna from Poland, Anel from the Dominican Republic, and Yoonmi from Korea, to mention just a few, also secured their first job in their field of interest shortly after graduation from the LEAD program.

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