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, "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 Tribune, "The side effects of low-wage jobs," January 7, 2013
- Chicago Sun-Times, "Too often, hard work goes unrewarded," October 3, 2012
- Chicago Sun-Times, "Low-wage workforce grows 30% as the number of jobs shrinks," September 26, 2012
- Wisconsin Public Radio, "At Issue with Ben Merens," July 18, 2012
- Chicago Tribune, "New Yahoo CEO's pregnancy revives talk of 'having it all,'" July 18, 2012
- Chicago Tribune, "Voice of the People: Pay discrimination," June 15, 2012
- Chicago Tribune, “Keeping Women Employed and on equal footing,” November 6, 2011
- Today’s Chicago Woman, “100 women making a difference in 2011,” July 2011
- Streetwise, “Wage discrimination hurts American families,” May 2009