In March 2015, Uber made a pledge to economically empower one million women as drivers by 2020. To drive toward that commitment, Uber has partnered with local groups like YWCA Metropolitan Chicago in recruiting women as driver partners. In turn, Uber has provided free transportation to those served by YWCA’s programs as a way of reducing barriers to employment.
For many women, driving with Uber provides a flexible, equitable opportunity that not only gives them control over their schedules and supplements their income but also helps them pursue their passions.
Since launching a focused recruitment effort in Chicago last June, the company reports the number of women Uber drivers in Chicago has grown from 20 percent to 30 percent. Now more than 10,000 strong, the women who drive Uber in the city collectively earn one million dollars per week.
The impact of these earnings is significant for the local economy and goes beyond the drivers’ pockets, as women are more likely than men to reinvest their earnings in their families and communities.
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