SUMMER Cast Helps Women Jumpstart Their Careers
Donna Summer was a feminist and fought for equal treatment of women in the music industry. Songs that she wrote like “She Works Hard for the Money” and “Bad Girls” were based on real-life experiences where she saw women around her, including herself suffer at the hands of men. Donna was one of the first artists – man or women – who fought the record industry to take control of her own career after she realized that everyone was making money off of her hits, except herself.
To celebrate women, SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical, now playing at the Golden Gate Theatre, has formed a partnership with Bay Area nonprofit Dress For Success (D4S). D4S works to empower women by offering career services to women entering the workplace. Whether it’s career or interview coaching, resume writing or financial planning, D4S offers women throughout the Bay Area opportunities to be successful. One of the most unique aspects of D4S is their in-house store. Not only do they provide a free business outfit for a woman to look professional at a job interview but once they land the job, they offer them additional outfits so they can focus on their new job and not worry about whether they have the clothes needed to survive.
Cast members Jennifer Byrne, Candace Washington and Brooke Lacy visited the store recently to volunteer their time. In addition to learning more about the organization, they helped sort through the heaps of donated clothing and help some of D4S’s clients find just the perfect outfit in which to start their careers.
To learn more about Dress for Success and how you can make a difference, click here.