Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Generations of Experts Kick Off Women Employed 40th Anniversary

CHICAGO – On March 20, Women Employed kicks off a year-long celebration of its 40th anniversary with an inspiring event featuring three intergenerational experts who  will come together to discuss four decades of successes surrounding women’s economic advancement, equity, and activism—and how far we still have to go. It’s Still Up to Us: How Women Revolutionized the Workplace and What It Will Take to Finish the Job features nationally known author Deborah Siegel, Carmen Berkley and Anne Ladky.

Siegel is the author of Sisterhood, Interrupted: From Radical Women to Grrls Gone Wild, and co-founder of She Writes—the largest online community for women who write. She is an expert on gender, politics, and the unfinished business of feminism, and  has written and commented on CNN.com, The Washington Post, The Today Show,  CBS This Morning, Ms., and Psychology Today, among others.

Berkley is a dynamic grassroots activist and Executive Director of Generational Alliance, a strategic collaboration of 17 national youth organizations that builds community and collective power for young people of color, women, LGBTQ individuals, and low-income communities by providing trainings, facilitating collaborations, and uplifting their communications.

Ladky is a founding member and the Executive Director of Women Employed. She is is a nationally recognized expert on equal opportunity issues, workplace fairness, workforce development and higher education policy, and issues affecting low-paid working women.

The event is hosted by Women Employed (WE), an organization that has been involved in every major workplace advance for women in the last 40 years, from drafting sexual harassment regulations, to helping get the Family Medical Leave Act and the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act passed, to securing millions of dollars in financial aid for low-income students, and much more. Today WE is working to ensure that all women have access to quality jobs that pay living wages, and to the education and training they need to get ahead.

“We’re so excited to bring this group of amazing women activists together,” says Anne Ladky, WE’s Executive Director. “This is a great opportunity for people to learn about the history of the movement, but also to find out where we are today, what problems still need to be solved, and how each of us can make a difference.”

Event Details:

When: Wednesday, March 20th, 5:30 – 7:30pm

Where: 48th floor of the Chase Tower, 10 S. Dearborn, Chicago

Tickets: $20 in advance ($30 at the door) tickets include beverages and hors d’oeuvres

To Register: www.womenemployed.org/its-still-up-to-us.


For more information about this event, or to speak to one of our panelists, call Judy Miyashita at 312-782-3902 x239.

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About Women Employed

Women Employed mobilizes people and organizations to expand educational and employment opportunities for America’s working women. Founded in 1973, this year we celebrate four decades of opening doors, breaking barriers, and creating fairer workplaces for women.  For more information, visit www.womenemployed.org.