Support Systems for Students

Fostering Success. A working mom secures financial aid and finds a community college program she likes. But when she returns to school, she’s faced with a minefield of obstacles to navigate: securing childcare and transportation; getting academic advising and information that helps her reach her career goal; and figuring it all out while juggling work, family, and school.

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We want to hear about….

Wage gap: How would a law preventing employers from asking applicants about your past salary help you? Do you think such hiring questions have affected your ability to earn as much as you deserve? 

Sexual harassment: Have you experienced verbal or physical interaction on the job that is sexual and that you do not want? Is there sexually explicit language or material in your workplace that makes you feel uncomfortable or unsafe? Have you faced threats or retaliation for speaking up? 

Share Your Education Story

Are you a student? Do you get the MAP grant or other financial aid? What would happen if you didn't have financial aid?

Have you already graduated? Tell us how the MAP grant or other financial aid helped you get your degree.

Tell us how child care, counseling, career advising, and other supports helped you get through school.

Student Advocates for Success

Who better to rally students for critically-needed financial aid than other students? 

Through Student Advocates for Success (SAS), Women Employed provides student leaders with tips, tools, and training, helping thousands make their voices heard at campuses across Illinois and in Springfield. SAS provides students with the resources and information they need to tell their own unique stories, influencing policymakers and improving the lives of fellow students.

Legislators are listening. Here are just a few of SAS’s victories:

Educational Success

The Problem

Working women, especially low earners, face big challenges getting into and staying in school. Finances, work schedules, family responsibilities, and poor educational preparation all play a part. Too often, public policies and educational institutions don’t respond effectively to these barriers or provide quality programs that lead to good jobs.

Fair Workplaces

The Problem

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.

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