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Tuxedo Tuesday helps women get fit for work

Sydney, 16 Mar 2015

A suit may be a standard item in many people’s wardrobes, but for many women struggling to get into the paid workforce, accessing normal business attire can be challenging.

Tuxedo Tuesday is an initiative created to support Fitted For Work, a community organisation which promotes social inclusion and helps women experiencing disadvantage get work and keep it.

As a Fitted For Work ambassador, Macquarie Asset Management’s Rowena O’Neill coordinated an awareness-raising Tuxedo Tuesday event at Macquarie’s Sydney office, together with Ebony Bamford and the Macquarie Investment Management charity committee.

Macquarie staff donations and Macquarie Group Foundation matching contributed $4,500 to the overall Tuxedo Tuesday campaign total of more than $25,000.

“For every $110 that we raise, Fitted for Work can help another woman find work,” Ms O’Neill said. “This is important as women’s workplace participation lags men by around 13 percentage points.”

As well as a free business clothes outfitting service, Fitted For Work also builds skills and confidence through interview training, mentoring and transition to work programs. The Macquarie Group Foundation supported this work by hosting the evening tuxedo celebrations, while a team of staff also volunteered to arrange and donate a morning bake sale on the day of the event.

 

Image caption: Celebrating the tuxedo at a Fitted For Work fundraiser, hosted by Macquarie.