Women Employed Blog

  • COVID-19 Resources for Adult Students
    on June 24, 2020

    The COVID-19 crisis has had far-reaching impacts on students at all levels, as K-12 schools, colleges, and other institutions of learning across the country have closed and/or gone digital. Many of the adult students for whom Women Employed advocates have been especially affected, as they often don’t have the resources, technology, or appropriate study spaces to make online learning possible.We have compiled these resources to help keep those students safe, and to help those who are […]

  • COVID-19 Resources for Working People and Families
    on May 9, 2020

    The COVID-19 virus has brought into stark relief how dependent we all are on one another for safety and security. At Women Employed, we have taken measures to keep our staff, partners, and the community safe while ensuring that we can stay the course, advocating fiercely and effectively for low-paid workers during this time of increased vulnerability.We have compiled these resources to help keep you safe, and to help those who are differentially impacted to access support and resources needed […]

  • To Weather the Storm, We Need Equal Pay for ALL Women
    on March 31, 2020

    By Anna Valencia, Chicago City Clerk; Barb Yong, Chair of the Equal Pay Day Chicago Coalition; Cherita Ellens, CEO, Women Employed; Linda Xóchitl Tortolero, President & CEO, Mujeres Latinas en Acción; Dorri McWhorter, CEO, YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago; Felicia Davis, President and CEO, Chicago Foundation for WomenBefore COVID-19, 40% of Americans reported they would struggle to cover an unexpected $400 expense, according to a Federal Reserve study. Imagine how that number […]

  • Women Employed Snapshots of Life During COVID-19: Corinne Kodama
    on March 25, 2020

    Spring break during a pandemic: sewing face masks, “staycationing,” and packing up my college kid’s residence hall room from 2,000 miles awayLike many of you, right now we are on spring break, and were supposed to be on a big family vacation with my parents, brother’s family, and friends. Instead we are “sheltering-in-place” (one of the many new phrases that is now part of our collective vocabulary), “social distancing” from our friends […]

  • Our Priorities in the Midst of COVID-19
    on March 24, 2020

    Women Employed is working to ensure that our policy makers and leaders take bold and decisive action in response to this public health and economic crisis to mitigate the damage and put us in the best position to emerge as strong and stable as possible. Since our inception, our focus has been on the economic stability and security of working women and their families, particularly those in low-paid sectors where women, and particularly women of color, are overrepresented. In many ways, working […]

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