Anne Ladky is a founding member of Women Employed. She joined the staff in 1977, and was named director in 1985. Ladky is a nationally recognized expert on equal opportunity issues, workplace fairness, workforce development and higher education policy, and issues affecting low-paid working women. She has developed and directed innovative advocacy and training programs designed to improve women's economic status. She is the author of numerous reports, articles, and testimony on women's economic issues.
Under Ladky’s leadership, Women Employed has won numerous awards for program and management excellence, including the U.S. Department of Labor’s Exemplary Public Interest Contribution (EPIC) Award, the Alphawood Foundation’s Award for Sustained Excellence in Advocacy, the Sara Lee Spirit Award for organizational excellence, and the Lloyd A. Fry Foundation Urban Leadership Award.
Ladky has served on many public boards and commissions including the Chicago Workforce Investment Council, the Chicago Workforce Board, the Higher Education Finance Study Commission, the Illinois Workforce Investment Council, and the Community Advisory Council of the City Colleges of Chicago. In 2007, she was named a Visiting Social Activist at the Center for the Education of Women at the University of Michigan.
Ladky holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northwestern University.
- Chicago Tribune, "How erratic schedules hurt low-wage workers," September 6, 2015
- Chicago Tribune, "Mandate Paid Sick Leave, Chicago," May 10, 2015
- Fast Company, The Other Wage Gap: Why Men in Female-Dominated Industries Still Earn More, April 8, 2015
- Comcast Newsmakers, Building a Better Future for America's Working Women, October 24, 2014
- MTV Act, "Equality In The Workplace: What You Can Do To Make It Happen," March 26, 2014
- CBS Chicago, "Aldermen Seek Mandatory Sick Time For All Chicago Workers," March 6, 2014
- Chicago Tribune, "Women Employed finds plenty of unfinished business," December 8, 2013
- New York Times, "Coveting Not a Corner Office, but Time at Home," July 7, 2013
- Chicago Grid, "40 years of women's work and what's still left," May 13, 2013
- CAN TV, "Women's Advancement Over the Last 40 Years," April10, 2013
- Chicago Tribune, "Decades later, moms' balancing act is as tough as ever," March 4, 2013
- Crain's Chicago Business, "Boost the minimum wage if only to help working women," February 21, 2013
- Chicago Sun-Times, "Too often, hard work goes unrewarded," October 3, 2012