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How Gap Plans to Help Educate One Million Women by 2020

How Gap Plans to Help Educate One Million Women by 2020

Gap, Inc. made a recent announcement that the company has plans to expand its P.A.C.E. (Personal Advancement & Career Enhancement) program.

They aim to reach one million women by 2020, reported Racked.

The program was initially launched in 2007 to help the company's female garment workers get access to life-skills classes that offer lessons in communication skills, financial literacy, time, and stress management.

"From Phnom Penh to Pittsburgh, women share in common an ambition to advance. What some lack are opportunities, particularly access to education," Gap's CEO, Art Peck, said in a statement. "We know that with the right opportunities, women become powerful agents of change in their families and in their communities."

The P.A.C.E. program classes have also expanded to include entire communities where their female garment workers live. The curriculum is also accessible to other companies outside of Gap.

The program aims to also teach women's leadership classes to young girls between the ages of 13 and 18.

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Photo Credits: Christophe Morin/Bloomberg via Getty Images, Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Gap Inc