How This Rockefeller Outfit Advocates For Economic Justice For Women

The Rockefeller family has a number of different outfits under the family name. A common theme, at least when it comes to the David Rockefeller Fund and the Rockefeller Family Fund (RFF), set up by David and his siblings in 1967, is "justice." For the David Rockefeller Fund, that justice means criminal justice, and a program under the same name focuses on issues such as prisoner reentry. One of the three programs at the Rockefeller Family Fund, on the other hand, is economic justice for women.

What does RFF mean by that?

Well, the goal of the program is to advocate for "equitable employment opportunities and updated employment standards" for women. RFF applies this advocacy at the local, state and national level.

Central to RFF's Economic Justice For Women program is its Workplace Reforms & Paid Sick Days initiative. RFF's programs tend to revolve around initiatives where it claims to give preference to organizations who work "as partners on RFF initiatives."

RFF has particularly focused on paid leave and workplace reforms because it believes that revamping America's employment standards will translate to improved conditions for women. Updated paid leave policies will allow working women to take care of their own health and those of their family. According to its website, the effort has already led to workplace rights victories in Connecticut and Seattle, as well as more recently in Portland and New York City.

In terms of what's being funded, recent support has gone to the UltraViolet Education Fund, Family Forward Oregon and Vermont Workers Center. All of these outfits received money to support various sick leave efforts.

Average grant size tends to average between $25,000 and $100,000 annually, though in 2012 Working Families Organization received more than $300,000 to fund a paid sick days campaign in New York. Funding has also gone towards educating the public on the importance of sick days. For instance, MomsRising Education Fund received nearly $90,000 in 2012 and National Partnership for Women & Families received $70,000 in 2012 to facilitate similar education goals.

RFF has also supported Title IX, a portion of the 1972 education amendment prohibiting gender based discrimination in federally funded education programs and activities. RFF has funded National Women's Law Center's Title IX Enforcement Project. Sums have also gone to Equal Rights Advocates.