Publications

2016
Annual Report

Not you. Not me. It's we. For more than 40 years, Women Employed has been an ardent voice on behalf of working women. We believe that listening is important, too. The voices of working women are at the heart of our 2015 annual report. Even though women have widely-varying life experiences, we know there are strong commonalities: a yearning to do the best for your family, a need for financial stability, a desire for work that's fulfilling and respected. That is the vision we all share, and we can accomplish it together.

2016
Program Guide/Curriculum
This document is a sample Parental Leave Policy outlining a minimum standard that employers can use to craft their own.
2016
Fact Sheet

Provides an overview, in Spanish, of the Illinois law that protects your rights on the job when you are pregnant, including rights to reasonable accommodations, plus information on where you can go for help.

2015
Newsletter
Find out how you can be a champion for working women like Carlisha―a retail worker whose schedule fluctuates from week to week, see how Women Employed is helping more adult students get to college, read a tribute to labor lawyer and long-time WE supporter Peggy Hillman, and find out why Joyce Webb, and Investor for Change, supports WE.
2015
Research Report/Policy Brief

Community colleges are at a crossroads. Pressure is mounting to increase enrollment and improve retention. At the same time, there are millions of adults who would benefit from a college education, but who lack a high school degree. Bridge programs provide a solution that will serve these adults, improve college enrollment and retention numbers, and even generate revenue for colleges.

2015
Fact Sheet
This worksheet is a companion to the policy brief, Good for Students, Good for Colleges: Investing in Bridge Programs as a Strategy for Success to allow colleges to calculate their projected return on investment for implementing bridge programs.
2015
Fact Sheet
Community colleges are facing pressure to increase retention and completion rates. Enrollments and funding are declining. This fact sheet shows how bridge programs can be a strategy for success for both colleges and students.
2015
Fact Sheet

What is a bridge program? This fact sheet explains what bridge programs are, and how Women Employed is leading the effort to implement bridge programs in Illinois and nationwide, giving thousands of workers the skills and credentials they need to move from low-paid, low-opportunity jobs into high-demand careers that offer financial stability.

2015
Newsletter
Learn how Women Employed is helping Chicago to create family-friendly work policies, find out about a new documentary series that's providing a window into the lives of low-paid workers, and hear from donor and advocate Abigail Sylvester on why she feels it's important to be involved and take action.
2015
Newsletter
Find out how a new Women Employed curriculum is helping students explore careers, learn how many Chicago voters supported paid sick days in a recent election, and learn about our upcoming luncheon with Valerie Jarrett on May 14th!
2015
Annual Report

Inspire: Inspiration is a key ingredient of the work we do every day to make women's lives better. In our 2014 annual report, we profile Mary and Tanya, two women at the heart of our work who inspire us to keep fighting. What you’ll learn as you read about them is what a dramatic difference Women Employed’s work is making for low-income women and their families.

2015
Fact Sheet
Provides an overview of the Illinois law that protects your rights on the job when you are pregnant, including rights to reasonable accommodations, plus information on where you can go for help.
2014
Newsletter
See how momentum is building to raise the minimum wage in Illinois and nationwide, find out how we're organizing students on college campuses to fight for financial aid, and read about Cassandra, a worker whose unpredictable schedule makes it hard to balance her life.
2014
Research Report/Policy Brief

In this policy agenda, the Pathways to Careers Network calls on Illinois’ incoming governor to incorporate career pathways into the state’s education and workforce systems, and to invest in programs that will ensure low-skilled adults have access to and can succeed in proven education and training programs.

2014
Newsletter
See a recap of The Working Lunch, our signature annual luncheon. Plus, learn about our upcoming screening of the new Anita Hill documentary, read about our victory for pregnant workers, and see how we stormed Twitter to raise awareness about college affordability.
2014
Fact Sheet

What is life like when you're a low-wage worker with an unstable and unpredictable work schedule? This fact sheet breaks it down, illustrating how volatile scheduling leaves many workers in a constant state of economic instability and personal turmoil. It also shows how this practice is bad for employers and business, as well as highlighting policy solutions that would help many workers achieve the economic security they need to care for their families.

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