Far too many jobs women hold fall below the standard that most Americans would consider decent work. They offer very low wages, few if any benefits, and little respect. Hours are irregular and schedules change constantly. Women are twice as likely as men to work in occupations with poverty-level wages. Over 40 percent of private-sector workers have no paid sick days. Sexual harassment and pregnancy discrimination are common. Bad jobs keep women in a state of economic crisis and harm their children. We all pay the costs of low-wage work.
Women Employed has a long track record of expanding workplace rights and making workplaces fairer. Learn more »
Our Agenda for Change
More of the jobs women hold are good jobs with family-supporting wages, decent benefits, and opportunities to advance. All women have strong protections against discrimination and abuse. They can fulfill their responsibilities at work and at home.
Advocate for fair scheduling practices so employees can predict their hours and wages and create financial stability in their lives. Learn more »
Establish a guarantee that all workers can earn paid sick time and use it without fear of losing their jobs. Learn more »
- Governor JB Pritzker signs minimum wage increase into law
- Knowles: How women can boost their pay in 2019
- Employees and business profit from predictable scheduling
- The Problem With Privilege and Fighting for Equal Pay
- Make paid sick leave the law across Illinois
- Trabajadores del condado de Cook y Chicago, con derecho al pago de días por enfermedad (Workers in Chicago and Cook County have the right to paid sick days)
- Illinois House approves bill aimed at closing pay gap between men, women
- Illinois Issues: When Women Are Paid Less Than Men