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Despite legal protections against discrimination, women today only make 79 cents for every dollar men earn. Over a woman’s lifetime, the wage gap results not only in lost wages, but also reduced pensions and savings. Learn more about the gender wage gap and what you can do to help eliminate it.
Paid Leave and Family-Friendly Workplaces
Establishing effective work-family policies and practices will make workplaces fairer and help women achieve economic security. Read more about the need for paid sick and family leave, and find useful tools for advocates.
- Sample Parental Leave Policy
- Paid Sick Days and Health: Cost Savings from Reduced Emergency Department Visits
- Guide to creating paid sick leave legislation in your state
- Guide to creating paid family leave legislation in your state
- Comparison of Enacted Paid Sick Time Laws
- A Work-Family Agenda: Enacting a regional strategy in your state
- How Your Business Can Benefit From Paid Sick Days
Help ensure that low-income women and other disadvantaged students are successful in completing an educational or training credential. Explore the data and learn more about best practices here.
- The Credential Differential: The Public Return to Increasing Postsecondary Credential Attainment
- Complete College America: Best practices to ensure that all students can complete college
- National Center for Education Statistics Fast Facts
- A Matter of Degrees: Promising Practices for Community College Student Success
- Improving Child Care Access to Promote Postsecondary Success Among Low-Income Parents
Going to College
Navigating higher education systems might seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are resources to help you locate colleges or universities, choose a degree or training program, and learn about and apply for financial aid.
- Complete the Degree: free guidance and support for those who want to return to college
- Illinois Student Assistance Commission College Zone
- Illinois Colleges and Universities Listing
- Free Application for Federal Student Financial Aid (FASFA)
There are many exciting careers to choose from, so it’s important to seek out information to help you make an informed decision. Below you’ll find resources that will help you explore careers, compare job growth outlooks, learn about wage standards, and much more.