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  • Bold Investments in Illinois’ Higher Education are Investments in Its People, Prosperity
    on November 9, 2021

    As the state and country continue on the path to recovery from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the need for every Illinois student with college aspirations to earn a college degree is more urgent than ever. And yet, the current path to earning a degree from a public university here in Illinois shows otherwise. Two decades worth of cuts to Illinois’ public university funding has left the system woefully underfunded; universities now get half the appropriations they did in the early 2000s. […]

  • Statement: Build Back Better Framework
    on October 28, 2021

    October 28, 2021The Build Back Better Framework is an essential first step toward not just recovering from the pandemic, but also building an economy that recognizes the needs of women, caregivers, and families. The framework includes historic investments in child care and home care; tax relief for workers and families; Pell grants; and more. We applaud the workers, advocates, and policymakers who championed these policies and who are committed to continue pushing for an equitable recovery […]

  • Joint Statement in Support of SB815’s Creation of a Commission on Equitable Public University…
    on August 24, 2021

    Joint Statement in Support of SB815’s Creation of a Commission on Equitable Public University Funding in IllinoisAugust 24, 2021As members of the Illinois Higher Education Network, we applaud Governor Pritzker in signing SB815 into law yesterday. With SB815’s creation of a Commission on Equitable Public University Funding, Illinois is a step closer toward not only having a funding model that considers what it takes to ensure institutions have the resources to adequately support students, […]

  • Looking for Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day?
    on May 5, 2021

    Looking for Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day? Let’s Start by Ending the Sexist and Racist Wage Gap Working Mothers Face.By Mary Kay Devine, Senior Director of External Affairs at Women Employed, and full-time working mom to Lucy, Charles, Cecilia, and Eleanor.Before the construction paper homemade cards are complete with glitter and glue. Before the kids cook up plans to serve Mom breakfast in bed. Before we celebrate Mother’s Day this Sunday, we pause to mark Mother’s Equal Pay Day. And […]

  • How the American Jobs Plan Impacts Women
    on April 9, 2021

    Last week, the Biden/Harris administration announced its $2 trillion American Jobs Plan to rebuild infrastructure and reshape the economy. Through improving the nation’s infrastructure, the plan is designed to employ millions of people, invest in clean energy, housing, and advance environmental justice, among other objectives. But the boldest component of the proposal is its $400 billion commitment to fund the care economy — everything from expanding access to at-home or community-based […]

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