Helping women reach their employment potential since 1979


A brief history of Women at Work (WAW)

Women At Work was founded in 1979 by three visionaries – Betty Ann Jansson, Marge Leighton and Barbara Burke. The organization began by offering a resource room equipped with job listings and library books on women’s employment as well as holding seminars and workshops on career fields and career planning classes. Three decades, WAW has provided job skill training, employment preparation and job search services to thousands of job seekers.

With the website, (started in 2002), the focus of was to provide online career and employment resources and financial support. The website was designed to guide women to the resources they need to obtain the employment opportunities they seek. The WAW website will connected women to as many resources as possible, whether they are working for a corporation and seek advancement, looking for career changes, or seeking to become their own boss.

As of June 2018, the original WAW organization closed its doors, but continues to live on in the form of the Women At Work Endowment Fund administered through the Pasadena Community Foundation.

Women At Work in 2019 and beyond

From now on, will operate as an independent publication. Inspired by the vision of the original founders, WAW will evolve to become a resource for the 21st century, with an emphasis on providing women, men and all genders with easy access to career and entrepreneurial resources worldwide.

Here are some of the areas we’ll cover:

  • Career counseling
  • Resume writing
  • Occupational testing
  • Job listings
  • Training resources
  • Online courses
  • Communities and support groups

Stay tuned because we’re just getting started!