Women Employed Blog

  • 50 Years of Title IX
    on August 11, 2022

    Title IX was passed 50 years ago this year, and its impact has been nothing short of monumental. So, what is Title IX really? Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal civil rights law in the United States of America that prohibits sex-based discrimination in any school or any other program that receives funding from the federal government. Title IX has influenced several different facets of society in regard to gender equality, and while some are at the forefront of Title IX […]

  • Entrepreneurship is Economic Freedom for Women
    on July 28, 2022

    “I just want to do work that I’m passionate about.” “I feel stuck where I’m at.” “I’m tired of working a full-time job and having a side hustle.” “How can I sustain myself financially and care for my family without working full-time?” “My job just isn’t working for me, or my family. I’d love to be my own boss.”Do these statements feel familiar? They’re commonly used by individuals who find themselves working full-time jobs with side hustles. They wrestle with […]

  • Illinois Can Lead on Paid Leave
    on June 9, 2022

    By Sarah Labadie, Associate Director of Policy, Women EmployedJune 9, 2022We’ve all been there. An unexpected life event occurs — a parent falls ill, a family member needs medical attention, or we have an accident that puts us out of commission — and we need time off from work. Some of us are lucky enough to have caring bosses and employers that build in paid time off for these types of events. But for many workers, mainly working low-paid jobs, paid leave is not […]

  • Illinois Needs Full & Fair Wages
    on April 13, 2022

    A Statement on Illinois’ Budget From the Illinois Full & Fair Wage CoalitionThe General Assembly passed the state budget early in the morning on April 9, 2022, which included $50 million of relief funds for restaurants-–without a guarantee that help will mean meaningful relief for Illinois’s restaurant workers.For too long, restaurant workers have been forgotten. Today in Illinois, tipped workers — of whom restaurant workers are the vast majority — are not guaranteed a […]

  • People, Policy, & Power: Shining a Light on How People and Companies Are Advancing Equity in the…
    on March 24, 2022

    People, Policy, & Power: Shining a Light on How People and Companies Are Advancing Equity in the Workplace and in the WorldMarch is Women’s History Month, a chance to commemorate women who have blazed the trail to advance gender equity and reflect on how women show up in the world every day of the year. For almost 50 years, WE has been at the forefront of advocating for fair, safe, inclusive, and equitable workplaces and increasing access to education and training that leads to good […]

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