Support the Denver Network City Program
It’s Time Network is building the first national cross-sector network dedicated to gender equity in cities across the United States and beyond. Through the Network City Program, individuals and organizations in the network will activate and engage their communities to work on projects that will protect and advance the rights of women, girls and gender allies in their cities and beyond.
Here’s how the Network City Program works:
Evaluate Gender Equality in Each City
In each city, a Local Advisory Council comprised of local leaders and engaged individuals will utilize data that evaluates and compares the status of women and girls across a number of key issue areas. Over time, a Women's Well-Being Index will be developed for each state, which will rank counties and provide demographic comparison data.
Design Collective Impact Projects
Each Local Advisory Council will use their city's data to determine which key issue areas to address first, and design collective impact projects that they will pursue to help improve the city's most pressing issues.
Make a Collective Impact to Accelerate Progress
The Local Advisory Council will grow the Network City by inviting individuals and organizations to engage in the collective impact project they have chosen, by contributing their time, skills or financial support, depending on what the project needs.
If you're interested in joining the Denver Network City chapter, find out more here.
The goal of our Network City Program is to create a permanent structure for local, national and global organizations, working to improve the lives of women and girls everywhere, to work together in engaging people in collective action and impact. By raising awareness of local, state, national and global issues, the Local Advisory Council in each city can leverage resources to support efforts at every level, not just in cities.
We launched our pilot Network City Program in San Francisco last year, and we are launching our second pilot in Denver this year, beginning with our Denver Gender Equity Summit on May 31st! The summit will advance a common agenda and a set of recommendations for Denver-area mayors on the issue of women’s economic security and workplace policies.
Denver has an inspiring level of women’s leadership and a long history of advancing gender equity. The recent increase in activism following January’s Women’s Marches means that a new level of impact is possible right now. In order to achieve it, we need a common agenda and a long term structure for collective impact. Though there have been promising advancements for the rights of women and girls in Colorado over the past several years, there is still a great deal of work to be done to leverage that work from the past and to strengthen it going forward. For example*:
Hispanic and Native American women in Colorado earn about half of their white male counterparts’ earnings, at 53.8 and 55.7 cents on the dollar, respectively.
At almost every educational level, women in Colorado earn less than men with lower educational qualifications.
In Colorado, more than one third (36.5%) of households headed by single mothers with children under 18 live in poverty.
A mere 13.4% of Hispanic and 17.4% of Native American women in Colorado hold at least a bachelor’s degree.
Right now, we’re looking for individuals and organizations who are enthusiastic about creating real change around gender equity in Denver. Together, we can protect and advance the rights of women and girls, starting at the local level.
If you're interested in becoming a part of the Network City Program, find out more here. If you know of an organization that you think might be interested in joining, find out more here. To stay informed about what’s happening in your city, sign up for updates here. We look forward to working with you for change!
*From the Status of Women in the States report on the Economic Status of Women in Colorado.