Cause and Effect

Hear directly from students, college administrators and policymakers about how Women Employed’s programs and initiatives are making a difference for working women and families. For more information, download the full 2010-2011 Cause and Effect annual report.

Senator Ed Maloney talks about how important it is for students to tell their stories.

Registered Nurse Rachel Readus on how advocacy really can make a difference.


See students from across Illinois stand up for increased funding for the Monetary Award Program (MAP), which allows hundreds of thousands of low-income Illinois students to attend college each year.

Dr. Carol Cowles outlines some of the challenges facing adult students and how community colleges can help them overcome barriers to success.


Watch Toni Park talk about why she needs paid sick days, then visit our Action Center and help us make paid sick days a reality.

Read WE’s Policy Brief
For many single mothers, a college degree opens the door to the middle class, and community colleges often provide the most accessible and flexible option. This policy brief outlines key areas in which policy changes could result in increased success for single-parent students.