There is not enough buzz around programs that support women gaining wage-earning skills that will give them access to non-traditional careers.
Community Conversation Participant
Leon County
The high rent in convenient areas push people outside of the city limits, which then restricts access to public transportation. This is a huge issue for people who don’t have a car. It also means that accessibility of food and activities is impacted.
Community Conversation Participant
Lake County
The lack of affordable housing
makes it impossible for a woman to independently provide for herself and her family.
Survey Respondent

From June 2019 through January 2020, FCSW commissioners and staff traveled across the state to hear the Voices of Florida Women. 
We listened as women spoke their truths on issues which concern them, other women they know, and their communities.
This report encapsulates over 1500 women’s feedback from both the community conversations and an online survey.

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2019 Voices of Florida Women:
Continuing the Conversation

Throughout 2019, the Florida Commission on the Status of Women held community conversations throughout the state to identify key issues facing women and understand the critical needs that women and communities perceive as important. The 2019 Voices of Florida Women Listening Tour, was a coordinated partnership with city and county Commissions for Women and other women’s organizations from the panhandle to Miami. An online survey also allowed more than 1,100 women to “talk to us.” 

During this dynamic session, an expert panel will examine and discuss the preliminary“top five issues” identified by women across the state as being critical in their communities. Attendees will then collaborate and develop a list of actions that each of the participants might undertake to address that issue in her or his community or organization. Join us in this discussion on how we can be inspired to work with like-minded organizations to create a better state for the women and families of Florida.