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If the 1968 minimum wage of $1.60 an hour were adjusted for inflation, it would be equal to $10.03 an hour today. Illinois Senate Democrats have proposed legislation that would bring Illinois' current minimum wage up to that level.
Source: Chicago Sun-Times
The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed a budget resolution that includes drastic cuts to Pell Grants for low-income students.
The resolution cuts the maximum Pell Grant award from $5,550 to $4,705 - an $845 a year increase in tuition for students who can least afford it. The Senate is slated to vote on the legislation in the next few weeks. Women Employed is committed to making sure college is affordable for students in need. You can help. Join our Action Network, and take action on our alerts. |
|From Anne's Desk:
Donna Brazile to Keynote The Working Lunch
Mark your calendar! On May 19th at the Fairmont Hotel, Donna Brazile will keynote The Working Lunch
, our annual luncheon. Better yet, alert friends and purchase tickets today
-- before they run out. You won't want to miss Donna's quick wit and sharp observations of the political and policy scene -- especially in these times.
You've seen Donna
on CNN and ABC -- she's a pathbreaking political strategist, the first African-American woman to run a major presidential campaign. She got an early start in her political career (age 9), when she worked to elect a City Council candidate who promised to build a playground in her working poor neighborhood. He won, the playground was built, and Donna found her passion. Today she's a syndicated columnist, author, commentator, and national leader with a long list of honors.
Anne Ladky, Executive Director
Elizabeth Finlayson, Development Officer for Individual Giving, is spearheading WE's efforts to expand our Investors for Change program.
Why is Women Employed a good investment?
We're a small staff -- just 20 people -- but we're making big changes on the state and national levels. Direct service is important for meeting day-to-day needs, but it only helps one person at a time. With advocacy, you can help thousands -- sometimes millions -- at one moment.
What is an Investor for Change?
Investors commit to WE's mission with a gift of $1000 or more -- resources that enable us to respond quickly and creatively to opportunities and challenges. Investors benefit from special conference calls and events like the one we just held with Judy Erwin, former director of the Illinois Board of Higher Education. She talked about the barriers facing adult women returning to school and some of the best ways to address the challenges. (see event photos
What excites you about your job?
I like knowing what I do makes a difference. I like understanding more about what's needed to move working women forward than I ever have before. And I love going into the community, talking about our work, and getting other people excited.
WE Brings Career Development Expertise to Domestic Violence Service Arena
Women Employed is working with domestic violence service providers around the country to develop new approaches to career exploration and workplace skills for survivors. The Allstate Foundation
, which works extensively on domestic violence prevention and response, is funding this new effort.
WE is developing a curriculum to help domestic violence survivors explore careers, conduct a job search, and prepare them to address their safety concerns at work and negotiate for the schedule flexibility they may need to deal with legal and personal issues. The Foundation has brought WE together with the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV
), as well as local service providers, legal experts, and advocates to advise on content and strategy. The curriculum will be provided free of charge to organizations and coalitions across the country for use with their clients.
Last month, Executive Director Anne Ladky (third from right) accepted an ATHENA Leadership Award at ATHENA International's sixth annual awards luncheon
Congratulations to WE supporters Anne Pramaggiore (second from right) and Northern Trust (represented by Connie Lindsey, far right), who were also honored.