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CWU works for changes that will make it possible for all low-income women to achieve economic self-sufficiency. Our understanding of the struggles of low-income women, our in-depth research, and our knowledge of best practices make us a powerful advocate for public policy and legislative initiatives to remove obstacles along the road to economic independence. CWU uses many different vehicles to educate and advocate for change.

Our Voices Advocacy Council ( Download Flyer - PDF) brings together former and current CWU program participants and CWU staff to set priorities and formulate strategies. Our Voices Advocacy Network keeps participants informed of new initiatives and research and asks them to lobby legislators about the impacts of specific legislation.

CWU works with local and national partners in the areas of education, job training, child care and affordable and safe housing. CWU issues policy briefs, hosts conferences, builds coalitions, and communicates with policy makers, community leaders and the media in its ongoing efforts to raise awareness and support for the issues facing low-income women.

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Become a grassroots advocate. Join the CWU Voices Advocacy Network and stay informed of CWU campaigns, latest research, and partner initiatives. Take action in support of real change in the lives of low-income women and their families.


Policy Priorities

According to the Massachusetts Economic Independence Index, one out of every four Massachusetts residents lives in a working-poor family that cannot afford to meet its basic needs. CWU’s Advocacy Department has a comprehensive legislative agenda to tackle the many barriers faced by families on their path to economic self-sufficiency.



CWU works with local and national partners in the areas of education, job training, affordable and safe housing, child care, and asset development. By working in partnership, we seek to broaden our impact and accelerate change.


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