Women Employed Blog

  • 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 […]

  • 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 XĂłchitl Tortolero, President & CEO, Mujeres Latinas en AcciĂłn; 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 will change in […]

  • COVID-19 Resources for Adult Students
    on March 30, 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 […]

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