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The Center for Research on Women and Social Justice    Eileen Boris, Director    Department of Feminist Studies
University of California    Santa Barbara, CA 93106    Tel 805.893.8444, line 2    Fax 805.893.8676

Women Working for Economic Justice: A Research Collaborative
A collaboration in applied participatory research, this inter-university project between the CRWSJ, UCLA's Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies, and CAUSE (Coastal Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy) facilitates the research of the Women's Economic Justice Project (WEJP).

Founded in November 2001, WEJP consists of grassroots activists from Ventura and Santa Barbara counties; students, faculty, and staff from UCSB; and wage-earning women from the region. It works toward achieving positive change for women through public policy research, coalition building, and support for grassroots community organizing, targeting women earning low wages and those on public assistance. It has engaged in the successful campaigns for "employer of record designations" for IHSS (In Home Supportive Service) Workers and supports IHSS unionization drives by SEIU in Ventura and the United Domestic Workers in Santa Barbara. It issues an annual "The State of Low-Income Working Women" report in advance of an annual regional conference, "Women Working for Economic Justice," for International Women's Day, March 8.

Funded by the UC Institute for Labor and Employment

WEJP in the News

Michelle Knight, December 5, 2002, "Economic Injust: A New Report Finds many Ventura County Women Struggling to Survive", in Ventura County Reporter.

Participating Organizations in WEJP:

Latinos for Better Government
Ventura County League of Women Voters
Lideres Campesinas
Women's Economic Ventures
Venture Living Wage Coalition
Santa Barbara Coalition for a Living Wage
SEIU Local 998
National Women's Political Caucus
United Farm Workers
Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence

Documents:

Women's Economic Justice Project Of Ventura & Santa Barbara Counties, "The Women's Economic Justice Project directly addresses the structural root causes of poverty, particularly the silencing of low-income and immigrant working women."

Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy (CAUSE), March 8, 2002, "Challenging the Feminization of Poverty: A Report on Women in Poverty in the Ventura and Santa Barbara Central Coast Region (Executive Summary)"

Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy (CAUSE), "Challenging the Feminization of Poverty: A Report on Women in Poverty in the Ventura and Santa Barbara Central Coast Region (Full Report)"

[WWEJ Collaborative Photo Archive]



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