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She Says: WE Can Do It!
Innovative Ed Conference
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More than 61 million Americans provided unpaid caregiving to adult family members in 2009. The value of their work for that year alone is estimated at $450 billion.

Source: AARP
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Seattle recently came one step closer to becoming the next municipality to guarantee paid sick days for their workers.  A City Council panel has approved a measure that would require businesses with more than four employees to offer paid sick days to their workers. Employees would have to be on the job for at least six months before they could access their sick days.

The measure will go to the full City Council for a vote in September.

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From Anne's Desk:
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Anne LadkyIf one of your workplace benefits is the ability to earn paid sick time, you know just how important it is. You've stayed home when you're too sick to go in, or you've been able to be there for your sick child. But millions of workers don't have this basic benefit. When they're sick, they have to go to work or they don't get paid. If their child is sick, it's a financial and emotional crisis.  

Because of the recession, there are those who say it's not the time to expand basic workplace protections, even for something so essential and so common-sense. We disagree. In a prosperous country, even in tough times, we can and should stand for fairness. That's why WE is expanding its campaign to win a guarantee of paid sick time for every worker. We've launched a brand new Facebook page to build support for this vital goal. To learn more about this issue and connect with others who share your concern, visit and like our "Illinois Needs Paid Sick Days" page on Facebook.  

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Anne Ladky, Executive Director


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Cindy Nguyen Women Employed's Advocacy Council, a group of young women who are building the next generation of leaders, hosts WE Can Do It!- our cocktail party with a purpose - on September 29th in downtown Chicago. Advocacy Council member Cindy Nguyen is helping to plan the event.



Tell us about this year's WE Can Do It! 
It's a fun, informal way to meet and network with young women who are dedicated to advancing women's economic status.   

 

What's can we look forward to at this year's event?

There are so many exciting things going on this year -- the event is at Sunda, which is a great restaurant, and there will be delicious food, unlimited drinks, and trivia bingo with awesome prizes!

 

What will people take away from the event? 
We hope that through the event, more young women will be inspired to take action and become involved with Women Employed. WE Can Do It! is a reminder that working together, we can really make a difference in the lives of working women.  

 

Join us on September 29th at Sunda. Get your tickets now! 

 

  
College Changes Everything
 
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Martha Kanter

U.S. Under Secretary of Education Martha Kanter

Women Employed recently co-hosted a groundbreaking conference focused on  practical approaches to improving college access and graduation rates for low-income and adult students. Research shows that college is a real game changer for low-income workers. People who go to college have higher incomes, better health, and improved quality of life.
 
The College Changes Everything conference brought together 300 education, community, and government leaders from across Illinois to collaborate on new strategies to help students succeed, and to hear about programs in place across the nation that are producing results.  
 
The conference drew an array of national experts, including U.S. Under Secretary of Education Martha Kanter and Complete College America's Stan Jones. They challenged educators to change systems and implement approaches that have been proven successful elsewhere around the state and the nation. Illinois has signed onto Complete College America's goals to substantially increase college completion rates, pledging that by 2025, 60 percent of Illinoisans will have completed college degrees.
 

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