Receives 2012 Woman with Vision award presented by the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois for contributions to women’s advancement
CHICAGO — Women Employed Executive Director Anne Ladky accepted a 2012 Woman with Vision award last week at the joint professional reception of the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois (WBAI). The award pays tribute to women who have “demonstrated visionary approaches in their professional endeavors and who have made an indelible contribution to the well-being and empowerment of women.”
Ladky has been a strong advocate for women in the workplace, both in Chicago and nationally, since the 1970’s. She was a founding member of WE and has served as Executive Director since 1985. Under her leadership, WE has achieved tremendous gains for women, including effectively using federal affirmative action laws to combat sex discrimination, advancing family and medical leave and equal pay laws including the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, and protecting state-funded education tuition assistance.
“It has been through Anne’s keen intellect, strategic skills and reflection that Women Employed has become a national leader in workplace fairness and access to post-secondary education,” said Deborah Thorne, Chair of WE’s Board of Directors. “She has consistently possessed the vision to lead Women Employed to become the national leader and voice for low-wage working women that it is.”
Ladky is the author of numerous reports, articles, and congressional testimonies on women’s economic issues, and has served on many public boards and commissions including the Chicago Workforce Investment Council and the Higher Education Finance Study Commission. She was also named a Visiting Social Activist at the Center for the Education of Women at the University of Michigan.
“It’s a true honor to receive this award,” said Ladky. “Groups like the WBAI are critical to fostering women’s leadership and advancement, and I am pleased to work with them to protect the rights and advance the interests of working women.”
About Women Employed
Women Employed is a 39-year-old non-profit organization that promotes fair workplace practices, helps increase access to training and education, and provides women with innovative tools and information to move into careers paying family-supporting wages. For more information, visit www.womenemployed.org
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