Women Employed Blog

  • The Pay Gap for Latinas is Real. I Know. I Experienced It. And We Can Do Better.
    on October 29, 2020

    by Ximena Leyte Escalante, Marketing and Engagement Coordinator at Women EmployedXimena Leyte EscalanteThere’s a common fallacy around the pay gap that causes many women to believe a systemic issue such as pay inequity doesn’t translate to a personal one. I know this because I am one of those women. One of my first jobs was working at a retail store as a sales associate. I enjoyed the work, primarily because the clientele was predominantly Spanish speaking, allowing me to use my […]

  • 7 Ways to Be a More Effective Advocate
    on October 1, 2020

    If you’re like us, you’re a little (or a LOT) worried about the future right now. You want to stand up for women, people of color, low-paid workers, and other vulnerable groups. You want to make sure we sustain our efforts in the fight for justice and liberation. Here are seven ways you can raise your voice effectively and continuously for change. Because together, we are stronger.1. Call your elected officials. Yes, on the phone.We’re all used to sending emails. But the truth is, a […]

  • Reopening Schools Presents Mammoth Challenges for Workplace Equity
    on August 26, 2020

    To Be Successful, We Must Involve Employers in the ConversationSchools across Illinois and the country have begun reopening. With that has come a tangled web of considerations for parents, schools, and employers that highlights how interdependent our systems of work, childcare, and education are. It also reveals how precarious the balance is, particularly when it comes to considering the health, safety, and well-being of women in low-paying jobs and their families, disproportionately people of […]

  • Black Women Are Essential. It’s Time We Treated Them That Way.
    on August 13, 2020

    By Cherita Ellens, President & CEO of Women EmployedEven though our communities would collapse without their work, as a society, we don’t treat Black women as essential.The pay gap for Black women has only narrowed by nineteen cents from 1967 to 2018. Black women are paid, on average, thirty-eights cents on the dollar less than white men. This loss represents $1,962 per month, $23,540 per year, and a staggering $941,600 over a 40-year career. Ultimately, this affords Black women less […]

  • The Intersection of Gender and Racial Equity: Why American Feminism Should Care
    on August 6, 2020

    By Cherita Ellens, President & CEO of Women Employed; and Felicia Davis, President & CEO of Chicago Foundation for WomenWe are witnessing a shift in this country in how we discuss, address and take action against racism. Policies are being created that uphold the rights of citizens who have historically been neglected. Monuments symbolizing racism and the horrific history of slavery are coming down. Corporations are making bold stands aimed against racism and toward improving racial […]

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