Gender Equality

The mission of Dress for Success is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

Women across the globe face significant challenges compared to men in achieving satisfactory employment and  economic independence. Barriers such as poverty, domestic violence, insufficient education and maternal duties cause many to spend a significant period out of work.  In 2019, only 48% of women participated in the labour force compared to 75% of men globally [1, 2].



Through their affiliate network spanning 150 cities and 25 countries, DFS provides a broad range of career support services to assist women in achieving their employment goals. This includes;

  • Suiting and styling services to help women look and feel their best in preparation for an upcoming interview.
  • Career support workshops that focus on building communication, networking and goal-setting skills.
  • One-on-one job application support including resume writing assistance and mock interview practice.



To date, DFS have assisted over 75,000 women world-wide in achieving  their professional and personal development goals. Of this, 76% have secured employment, 23% have received promotions within one year, and 80% have reduced debt or built an emergency savings fund.

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1. The World Bank, “Labor Force Participation Rate, Female (% of Female Population Ages 15+) (Modeled ILO Estimate), World,” The World Bank Databank (2019).

2. The World Bank, “Labor Force Participation Rate, Male (% of Male Population Ages 15+) (Modeled ILO Estimate), World,” The World Bank Databank (2019).