June 12 is the 74th anniversary of the Armed Forces Women’s Integration Act, enacted in 1948 to permit women to serve as full members of the United States armed forces.
To acknowledge this anniversary, below are statistics about active duty and veteran women across Southern California, as shared by Vista-based nonprofit Foundation for Women Warriors. Foundation for Women Warriors supports women veterans in our region as they transition into civilian life, which often involves such challenges as beginning new careers and gaining education simultaneous to becoming mothers and caring for family – major life changes that require access to professional development services, financial relief and a supportive network. With Foundation for Women Warriors’ help, women who have served in the U.S. armed forces are able to better thrive as they continue to impact society, economy and nation.
Statistics on active duty and veteran women:
· About 357,550 women currently serve in our military (204,100 active-duty women and 153,450 Reservist and Guard Women)
· 11% of San Diego’s veteran population are women (25,500+ women veterans)
· 8% of Los Angeles’ veteran population are women (nearly 19,000 women veterans)
· 10.4% of the United States’ veteran population are women (1.64 million women veterans)
How Foundation for Women Warriors serves women veterans:
- Each year, Foundation for Women Warriors (FFWW) assists about 1,100 women and children with childcare and financial needs. FFWW will serve about 100 more than this during 2022, pointing to a growing need for services for women transitioning into civilian life.
- 76% of FFWW’s financial assistance clients are single parents, up from 70% last year.
- In the last five years, FFWW has served 5,700+ women veterans and their children, including providing 2,252+ days of childcare.
- FFWW has provided 24,000 days of housing to female veterans across Southern California since 2015.
- 86% of Foundation for Women Warriors’ revenue goes directly to programs for female veterans, which include:
- Providing information, resources and referrals that address a variety of needs
- Providing critical financial relief during times of transition
- No-cost workshops to enhance professional and life skills
- Childcare assistance through daycare and camp stipends
- Financial assistance for working and student veteran mothers
- Donation drives to collect household goods and childcare supplies
How readers can get involved:
- FFWW runs an ongoing donation drive (see: this Amazon wish list) that the public can participate in.
- This donation list is comprised of women veterans’ most needed items i.e. motherhood/childcare supplies such as strollers, cribs, car seats, etc.
About Foundation for Women Warriors: Established in 1920, Foundation for Women Warriors is a nonprofit organization dedicated to honoring and empowering the female veteran community. With an understanding of the unique obstacles and challenges these women face, the Foundation for Women Warriors’ mission is to enhance the personal and economic wellbeing of women veterans and their children, and to address the growing needs of the increasing population of military women transitioning to civilian life. Foundation for Women Warriors is the only organization in California solely focused on serving women veterans and their families. Learn more: https://foundationforwomenwarriors.org