Cummins Powers Women

At Cummins, engineering solutions that build prosperous communities has been part of who we are since our company’s founding. We continue this legacy of community problem-solving with Cummins Powers Women, our most ambitious community initiative ever. Cummins Powers Women unites our leaders and employees around the world in finding solutions to gender inequality in our communities, reinforcing Cummins’ commitment to the advancement of women everywhere. Cummins Powers Women represents a multi-million dollar investment in proven programs designed to create large-scale change in the lives of women and girls globally.

Cummins Powers Women addresses the array of challenges facing women and girls globally. For example:

  • The gender pay gap stands at 23% globally, and without decisive action, it will take another 68 years to achieve equal pay.
  • Women and girls routinely experience inequality of economic opportunity, voice and decision-making abilities. Research shows that if women were to participate in the economy identically to men, they could add as much as $28 trillion, or 26 percent, to annual global GDP in 2025.
  • The role of maternal employment is significant. In one study of 24 countries, daughters of working mothers were more likely to be employed, have higher earnings and hold supervisory roles. At home, sons raised by employed mothers spend more time caring for family members, and daughters raised by employed mothers spend less time on housework.

 

The program seeks scaled solutions wherever possible by partnering with a network of global nonprofit organizations that have existing, outcome-based programs focused on areas where significant barriers exist to the advancement of girls and women. Cummins’ investment supports a range of effective programs, including grassroots teaching and mentoring, financial stability through entrepreneurship, leadership training and strategic guidance to non-profit leaders.

In just two years, more than 100,000 people have been served by the program and eight laws and policies supporting gender equality have been changed. Last year alone, 40 Cummins leaders and teams engaged in the program and almost 2,000 Cummins employee hours were volunteered to advance women and girls. 

Now we’re helping to advance a global community faced with inequality – women and girls. Around the world, girls are less likely to finish high school, more likely to be married as children, and less likely to have career prospects or receive fair pay as adults. But when women and girls have equal opportunity for education, skills development, pay, child care and healthcare, girls, women, families and economies prosper.

Imagine what we could achieve if all women reached their full potential and had limitless opportunity to advance. Imagine the acceleration of global leadership, invention, skill and creativity, all powered by women. A world in which progress accelerates, invention amplifies and solutions become easier to find. As Cummins CEO Tom Linebarger remarked, "Making an engine is hard. Making the world more just for women and girls is bigger." Cummins is ready to take on this challenge.

Cummins Powers Women global partners map

Cummins Powers Women nonprofit partners:

Girls Inc.

Supports girls in North America with whole girl development through after-school programming.

Rosa Fund

Supports grass roots organizations serving women and girls in the United Kingdom with networking and capacity building.

Save the Children

Stabilizes and empowers refugee girls and women living in German reception centers.

China Women's Development Foundation

Promotes the development of women in China through local entrepreneurial handicrafts.

CARE (Latin America)

Strengthens the domestic workers' movement in Latin America.

Rise Up

Advances education, equity and opportunity for girls and women in Latin America, Africa, South Asia and the United States.

Camfed (Ghana)

Supports transition programs for girls in rural Ghana going from secondary school to the workforce.

CARE Australia (Cambodia)

Supports girls’ education through teacher training, scholarships and school materials in Australia and Cambodia.

CARE Australia (Papua New Guinea)

Improves access to quality elementary education in remote, disadvantaged communities in Papua New Guinea.

Girls Academy

Supports mentoring programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls in Queensland, Australia.

Interested in learning more about how your company or organization can get involved with gender equality efforts?

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