Women Employed Blog
A Reflection of Women Employed in the 2010s!
on December 19, 2019
We are just a few days away from entering a fresh decade! Over the past 10 years, Women Employed has played a vital role in the improvement of the lives of workers and students on various levels, near and far. Take a moment to hear from Women Employed staff who have been strongly advocating and pushing for change from 2009–2019!“In more than a decade at WE (where has the time gone??), we have truly grown together. We have both expanded our understanding of feminism, inclusivity, and […]
Want to Be an Advocate for Equity? Here’s How!
on October 31, 2019
If you’re like us, gender and racial equity really matter to you, and waiting on the sidelines isn’t enough. In Illinois, we now have a No Salary History law to help advance pay equity — learn all about it and your rights here! — and that’s a great first step, but we know there’s more to do. There are so many injustices in the world and in the workplace, and you want to take action and make a difference. You want to be on the right […]
Partner Profile: Connecting Immigrants to Careers with Heartland Human Care Services
on October 15, 2019
For working adults who’ve been out of school for a while, the transition to college can be especially daunting — which is why Women Employed developed the Career Foundations course with the City Colleges of Chicago to help them assess their skills, pinpoint their interests, explore career paths, and craft a plan to get to college. WE also work with community organizations across Chicago who are providing Career Foundations to their clients as part of our Career […]
Illinois Anti-Workplace Harassment Bill: What It Is and How It Will Impact the Workplace
on October 14, 2019
Illinois Anti-Workplace Harassment Bill: What Is It and How Will It Impact The Workplace?Governor J.B. Pritzker signs SB 0075 on August 9, 2019. Photo via Governor Pritzker on Twitter (@GovPritzker)Governor Pritzker recently signed an Omnibus Harassment Bill (SB 0075) that will strengthen Illinois workplace anti-harassment laws. As we know, ending sexual harassment is key to women’s equality. Sexual harassment disproportionately effects women of color — especially those […]
Your Questions About the New Illinois No Salary History Law Answered
on September 17, 2019
On Wednesday, July 31, 2019, Governor Pritzker signed No Salary History (HB 834) into law in Illinois. The new measure will help prevent pay discrimination in Illinois by ensuring new hires are paid based on the responsibilities of the job and the experience they bring to the table, not what they have earned in the past. When employers base salaries and wages on a woman’s previous salary or wage, they risk perpetuating the gender wage gap instead of taking the opportunity to repair […]