Little Black Dress Initiative

What is the Little Black Dress Initiative?

The Little Black Dress Initiative (LBDI) is a global initiative started by the Junior League of London to raise awareness of the impact of generational poverty. Advocates wear one black dress (or outfit) for five consecutive days to illustrate the effects poverty can have on a woman’s access to resources, her confidence and professional opportunities. Each Advocate wears along with her dress a pin that reads “Ask Me About My Dress,” which invites dialogue among colleagues, friends and strangers about this important initiative.

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London Called; Rockford Answered

This year, The Junior League of Rockford is participating in the global Little Black Dress Initiative on April 24 to April 28, 2017. Members will wear the same black dress or outfit for five consecutive days with a pin that requests the public to “Ask Me About My Dress” with the goal of sparking conversation and spreading awareness of the initiative and its objectives.

It’s not about accessorizing.   It’s not about changing shoes.

It’s about taking a walk in someone else’s shoes.

This experiential approach to raising awareness helps advocates speak from a personal, heartfelt position.

Join us and give a voice to hidden poverty

Please join our effort by wearing a black dress (or a black tie/bow tie for men) every day between Monday, April 24 to April 28, 2017. This is a community effort open to all to join!  Please post daily pictures on your social media accounts with the official hashtag #TheLBDI to bring awareness to your commitment to help end poverty in Rockford. #TogetherWeCan

Did you know…

According to Illinois Voices for Children’s Kids Count 2015 report :

  • Child poverty rates: The child poverty rate in Winnebago County rose from 13% in 1999 to 27% in 2012. Over the same period of time, the statewide child poverty rate rose from 14% to 21%.
  • Child poverty population: From 1999 to 2012, the number of children living in poverty in Winnebago County increased 97%, compared with 39% statewide.
  • Deep poverty: In 2012, 15% of children in Winnebago County were in deep poverty (below 50% of poverty level), compared with 9% statewide.
  • Women, particularly single mothers, are disproportionately affected by poverty. The poverty rate for a married couple is 7.5%, compared to single father families at 23.8% and single mothers at 42.9%.
  • Additionally, according to the American Family survey, women still earn less than men by educational attainment at every level, with males who have a high school diploma earning an average of $25,122/year and females earning $16,381/year.

The LBDI is not just about a week wearing a black dress. It is about harnessing the power of our community to make a difference.

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