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Women of NYC, Make Your Power Move

In 2018, women.nyc lit up Washington Square Arch with the promise to make New York the greatest city in the world for women. Since launch, we've rolled out groundbreaking programs that help women succeed in their careers and businesses.

Whether they’re starting their first job or working for a C-Suite promotion, women still face too many roadblocks throughout their careers.
But New York is fighting back, creating economic opportunities and workplaces that are fairer for all women. It has also launched women.nyc, an ambitious program that makes sure the City remains the greatest place in the world for women to launch startups, run businesses and advance their careers.

By working with partners who share our mission to financially empower women and leveraging all the tools the city has to offer, women.nyc—part of the Economic Development Corporation—has rolled out groundbreaking programs that have a real impact: from free tech classes and career training to investment and crowdfunding, job connections, legal advice from the city’s most respected law firms and more.

New York City is committed to being the best place in the world for women to succeed.

Programs
MotherCoders

MotherCoders

Designed by moms for moms, MotherCoders teaches JavaScript, CSS, HTML and other skills so women can get careers in the tech industry, an important part of New York’s economy. Originally launched in the Bay Area, MotherCoders made its New York City debut at the Brooklyn Public Library in early 2019, thanks to a partnership between Google, MotherCoders, and women.nyc. Nine weeks of classes are free—and include childcare.

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Women in Film Fund

The NYC Women's Fund for Media, Music and Theatre

The NYC Women’s Fund for Media, Music and Theatre promotes diversity within New York’s media and entertainment industry by awarding up to $5 million in grants to projects for, by and about women. The first round of funding, totalling $1.5 million, was announced in February 2019 and is currently supporting 63 projects in TV, film, and the theater. Women in Film Fund is a campaign of women.nyc, NY Foundation for the Arts and the Mayor’s Office for Media and Entertainment.

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Shop Women-Owned

Shop Women Owned

New York is home to more than 200,000 women-owned businesses—more than any other city in the U.S. And since where people shop matters as much as what they buy, women.nyc and American Express teamed up to launch Shop Women-Owned, a campaign that helps locate and support women-owned businesses across the city. Look for “Shop Women Owned” decals in shop windows or online, and put your money where it counts.

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She Built NYC

She Built NYC

Pioneering women have always shaped New York history, but they have been noticeably absent from public spaces: only five statues in the city currently depict women. She Built NYC is a public-arts campaign that aims to change our landscape by honoring women with public monuments throughout all five boroughs. In this way, New York’s full history will be told and yesterday’s trailblazing women can inspire the change-makers of tomorrow.

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We Venture

We Venture

Women launch more startups than men yet when it comes to funding, they still lag far behind. Just 2.2% of venture capital funding goes to women-owned or led startups. New York is changing the ratio with WE Venture, a partnership with five women-led VC firms. Over the next five years, WE Venture will invest $30 million in women- and minority-owned startups whose success is critical to NY’s economy.

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WE NYC

WE NYC

Women entrepreneurs are key drivers in New York; their businesses generate $50 billion into the economy per year and employ over 190,000. So when they thrive, NYC gets stronger. WE (Women Entrepreneurs) NYC was formed to connect women to resources that have been historically directed to men. Programs like WE Credit, WE Venture and WE Legal provide VC capital, credit and expert legal teams so women can grow NYC startups into world-class companies.

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Program Partners