Women Employed Blog

  • 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 […]

  • Reaction to Last Night’s State of the Union
    on March 2, 2022

    March 2, 2022Women Employed is committed to the bold social goal of closing the wealth gap at the intersection of race and gender. Working women and their families urgently need policies and supports that ensure that they can not only weather economic uncertainty and rising costs but also to make the choices that allow them to build a better future.While watching last night’s State of the Union address, we were heartened to hear President Biden focus on many of those long-term recovery […]

  • Statement on Illinois’ Proposed Budget
    on February 25, 2022

    February 25, 2022Last week, Women Employed spoke in front of the House Appropriations — Higher Education Committee in support of Governor Pritzker’s proposed budget for higher education.The word that comes to mind when reviewing this budget is “opportunity.” By realizing this budget, Illinois has an opportunity to make up for years of disinvestment and to support students at all levels of postsecondary education. An additional $122 million for the Monetary Award Program (MAP) will […]

  • 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. […]

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