June 9, 2015
This morning, Uber announced the launch of a new joint initiative with the YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago that’s aimed at bringing on 5,000 female drivers in Chicago by the end of the year. Called “Drive to Thrive”, the campaign is a part of the company’s much larger goal of creating 1 million jobs for female drivers by 2020.
The joint program between the YWCA and Uber will focus specifically on helping women in Chicago find opportunities as driver-partners with the company. Uber has also made a commitment to hosting job fairs and providing those enrolled in the YWCA’s economic empower programs with free public transportation vouchers, as well as free or discounted Uber rides to and from job interviews and training programs.
According to The Chicago Tribune, 15,000 Uber drivers in Chicago complete 70,000 rides per day – which amounts to more than 2 million trips every month. Currently, only 14 percent of Uber’s drivers are women; in Chicago, that number is higher, with 20 percent of driver-partners being women. Because of the flexibility entailed in being an Uber driver, the company hopes to further raise that number in Chicago and hopefully increase those numbers across the country over time.
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