1970's

In 1973, a group of Chicago women founded Women Employed to stand up to injustice in the workplace. Throughout the 1970s, WE won major advances for working women—from helping make sexual harassment illegal, to pressing companies to employ women in professional roles and the federal government to enforce equal opportunity laws.

WE launch major campaigns to promote fair employment practices in banking, insurance, and retail industries.

WE testify at our first Congressional hearing and undertakes our first national effort to win improvements in enforcement of equal opportunity laws.

WE quickly become recognized as the leading national expert on utilizing federal affirmative action requirements to address sex discrimination.

WE participate in drafting new federal rules defining sexual harassment as illegal sex discrimination.

As a national expert on the performance of federal EEO agencies, WE are frequently called on by Congress to evaluate their policies and effectiveness.

WE rally national women’s and civil rights groups to reverse planned policy changes that would drastically weaken enforcement—and win.

WE develop an array of services to help women negotiate salaries, seek promotions, and plan their careers.

Women Employed is founded in 1973