Research by Immigrant Women Organizing for Change: Integration & Community Development found that “even though many immigrant women are employed, their employment is often not commensurate with their educational and prior professional background.”

The two year Moving Up Underemployed Immigrant Professional Women project funded by Status of Women is designed to address the issue of underemployment and lack of opportunities for immigrant women to move into leadership and management roles. This project seeks to engage underemployed immigrant professional women from different backgrounds, cultures and experiences in focus groups to capture the barriers to their advancement in the work place in consultation with a gender-based analyst.