The Resilience of Janitor Women
Janitors work hard everyday to keep our buildings and offices clean. According to BSP survey data, the janitorial industry is dominated by female workers who make up 65% of the workforce and are majority immigrants from Mexico and Central America. Janitor women work from 6:00 p.m. until 2:30 a.m., getting limited amounts of sleep to tend to their day-time responsibilities as mothers, caregivers, and the primary breadwinners in their household. Despite this exhausting schedule, janitor women exhibit incredible perseverance to provide and support their families and are often seen as superheroes in the eyes of their children. We believe education and training make a world of difference in improving the stability, health, and opportunities for working women and their families.
Support Mujeres in the Janitorial Industry on International Women’s Day
Building Skills Partnership is a California nonprofit that works to bridge the basic skills gap for low-income janitors, helping them to succeed in their personal and professional lives. 92% of the janitors in our programs are from Mexico and Central America and 65% of the workforce are women. Janitor women face significant barriers to becoming participating members of their communities due to their schedules that provide little to no time for education and training. Building Skills Partnership believes the solution is educational access that paves a road to career advancement, financial stability, physical health, linguistic integration, and naturalization.
On March 8, BSP will stand in solidarity with Latina serving organizations around the world and hold a campaign to support mujeres in the janitorial industry. We invite you to join us on this global day of recognition to celebrate the strength and contributions of janitor women!
Why it matters
According to survey data collected from over 4,000 of the janitors in our programs, janitor women make up 65% of the workforce. 65% of all participants have less than a high-school diploma and 41% have less than an 8th grade education. These women have left their home country for a variety of reasons, some to escape violence and war, others to attain better opportunities for their families. Janitors provide a tangible benefit to our workplaces by ensuring that spaces of work are clean and safe for the next day. Investing in this workforce is an investment in our communities and economies.
How the funds will be used
The janitor women in our programs have celebrated successes such as attaining a promotion at work, becoming a new American citizen, instilling healthy eating habits in their household, and accomplishing a financial savings goal. Donations will directly support programming that currently benefits over 4,000 immigrant janitors. Janitors participate in classes at their work site or at their local BSP office. Our unique partnership model with building owners, janitorial employers, and community organizations allows BSP to meet workers where they are. For over a decade, we have established a trusted reputation to successfully reach this hard-to-reach population.
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- English as a Second Language
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