P.A.C.E: Empowering One Million Women Around the World

Nancy Green Athleta President and General Manager

I AM A WOMAN.

I am strong, capable, educated, and above all else, confident in my abilities. But, I’ve been given many opportunities in life. I grew up in an environment that fostered this kind of self-confidence. I’ve had the opportunity to go to school, be mentored, to work together with other strong women and know what I can accomplish.

I have traveled a great deal in my life. I do believe talent and intellect are born everywhere in this world, but the opportunity to develop them is not. For instance, women make up 80% of the garment-worker population around the world, and yet very few of them advance to higher-level positions due to a lack of education and know-how to acquire the skills that would grow their professional and personal lives.

“I believe talent and intellect are born everywhere in this world, but the opportunity to develop them is not.” – Nancy Green, Athleta President & General Manager

Our world can only reach its full potential by involving everyone in its many, diverse communities, and much of that population is made up of women. That’s why Athleta believes strongly in, and is a proud supporter of Gap Inc.’s P.A.C.E. (Personal Advancement & Career Enhancement) program, which empowers the women who work in our factories to expand their horizons and change their lives through educational and professional opportunities.

Since launching in 2007, the P.A.C.E. program has made a positive impact on more than 30,000 female garment workers in ten countries. We’re so proud to share that at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting this morning, our CEO Art Peck has committed Gap Inc. to reaching one million women through this program. At our core, Athleta is a community of active, healthy, confident women and girls who empower each other to realize their limitless potential. And we can start with the women who make our clothes, thanks to P.A.C.E.

Gap Inc. PACE participant Ema Wati

“I want to be a role model for all women in Indonesia.” – Emawati, Gap Inc. PA.C.E Graduate from Indonesia

The women who make our clothes live around the world, from large countries like India and China to smaller ones like Cambodia and Myanmar. Their cultures and backgrounds are diverse, their personalities many, but their goals are the same: the desire to learn, explore, better their knowledge, and in turn, become strong and confident in themselves.

Sujatha, an operator at a factory in India who was promoted to supervisor said, “P.A.C.E should spread to all women. We can achieve whatever we want… and I’m an example of that.” It’s because of inspirational women like Sujatha that we’re committing ourselves to educating one million women, moving beyond the factory and into communities to strengthen women across the globe.

Gap Inc. PACE Graduate Sujatha

“P.A.C.E should spread to all women. We can achieve whatever we want… and I’m an example of that.” – Sujatha, Gap Inc. P.A.C.E Graduate  from India

In the past several years, more women have enrolled in institutions of higher education than men, and our presence in the workforce continues to grow. We want to fuel this positive growth for women by giving the women who make our clothes the tools and education they need to succeed in work and at life. We believe that the confidence that comes from education goes beyond the factory, in turn affecting their relationships and communities in a positive way. Rather than a vicious cycle of women without skills and knowledge, we can ignite a virtuous cycle of women empowering women to be everything they can be.

We’re in this together. Power to the She.

Sincerely,

Nancy Green, Athleta President & General Manager

Want to learn more? Meet the women of P.A.C.E. at www.gap.com/pace.

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