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Holiday Thanks!
She Says: Deb Golden
$33.5 Million Victory
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"When adjusted for inflation, the minimum wage was worth $8.54 per hour in 1968, compared to the current minimum wage of $7.25 per hour."
 
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Unless Congress votes to extend federal unemployment before December 31st, three million jobless workers will lose their safety net in the very near future. That number will balloon to over six million by the end of the 2012. But unemployment insurance extension is included in the same bill as the Payroll Tax Cut extension, and Congress is caught in an impasse which is not likely to be resolved before the holidays.
 
With the economy still struggling, and unemployment still hovering around a staggering nine percent, there are simply not enough jobs for the millions of unemployed workers who will lose their benefits. Take action today, and tell Congress to overcome their differences and extend this vital lifeline. 
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Anne LadkyAs the holidays approach, I want to extend heartfelt thanks from the WE Board and staff to all of you who have taken action, spread the word, or made a gift this year. You've made it possible for us to change policies and practices in higher education so that more low-income women can achieve their employment goals, and you've helped us fight for better wages and working conditions for the millions of women in low-paying jobs.

Donors to our year-end appeal have contributed nearly $20,000 to date--and with just $10,000 more to raise by December 31st, I hope you'll make a gift today. Special thanks to our renewing Investors for Change and the dozen new Investors who have joined us in the last two months. There will be new and important opportunities in 2012 to create a better future for women, so please put action-taking and spreading the word on your list of New Year's resolutions. We truly value your commitment. Our best wishes for a happy and healthy 2012!  
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She Says...  
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WE Investor for Change and board member Deb Golden talks about her experiences as a hotel housekeeper, and why she supports WE's work to make systemic change.
 
Why Deb Golden Supports Women Employed

$33.5 Million Victory!
 
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Students advocate for MAP.
Students sign letters and
posters urging their leaders
to fully fund MAP
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Thanks to the work of many advocates, we recently won a major victory in financial aid for low-income Illinois students. Earlier this year, millions of dollars were cut from the Monetary Award Program (MAP), which provides vital financial aid to thousands of low-income Illinois students. Students saw decreases in their funding, and faced even further cuts to their grants in the Spring semester.

WE mobilized hundreds of Illinois activists to reach out to their legislators and urge them to restore the $17.2 million that was cut, including these students who talked about how important the MAP grant is to their education. Illinois leaders showed how emphatically they got the message by increasing MAP funding by $33.5 million, ensuring that recipients will not face further cuts this year.

We thank Illinois legislators for increasing opportunities for low-income students, and we will continue to work towards protecting and increasing financial aid for working students. 

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