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1,000 Students Speak Up
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Just the Facts
 
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Nine of the ten largest occupations in May 2010 are low-paying, and it is projected that a sizeable majority of the 30 fastest-growing occupations from 2008 to 2018 will be low-skilled work.

Source: New America Foundation
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Earlier this month, Representative Rosa DeLaura and Senator Tom Harkin reintroduced the Healthy Families Act (HFA) in both houses of Congress. The HFA would allow American workers at companies with 15 employees or more to accrue 1 hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked, up to a limit of 7 days' worth of paid leave.

If passed, this legislation would be a huge step forward for the 40 million Americans who currently lack access to paid sick days to care for themselves or sick family members.
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From Anne's Desk:
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Anne LadkyA huge and heartfelt thank you to all of our friends and colleagues who joined us at The Working Lunch. We exceeded our fundraising goal, netting more than $260,000 to enable more women to achieve their aspirations through education and make workplaces fairer. 
  
Keynote speaker Donna Brazile was an inspiring presence, urging people to get involved on behalf of low-paid working women. The biggest highlight for me was the tremendous response to our call to widen the circle. We asked our guests to reach out to others via email, text, tweet, or post and ask friends to learn more and join the cause. We got a tremendous response -- hits to our website, Twitter, and Facebook soared. 

As I said at the event, bringing people together and helping them make their voices heard on issues of vital importance to women has always been part of Women Employed's DNA. But we're committed to doing even more in the years ahead to build an even stronger force for change. It's up to us!
    
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Anne Ladky, Executive Director

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The Working Lunch brought together over 1,100 activists who were hungry for change for working women. Listen to a few of them talk about what excited them most at the luncheon.
  
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Plus, watch some of our favorite moments from Donna Brazile's speech, and check out photos from the event.

 
A Thousand Students Stand Up for
Financial Aid 
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Student Letters
Student Letters
Women Employed is helping students across Illinois speak out for financial aid funding. Through our Student Advocates for Success program, WE recently conducted letter-writing campaigns on community college campuses across the state, and students have been responding in droves.

Nearly 1,000 students have written letters to their legislators in support of increased funding for Monetary Award Program (MAP) grants, which help tens of thousands of low-wage students attend college each year, but which are chronically underfunded in part because of state budget shortfalls. WE recently delivered those letters, along with personal messages and photos from students who are fighting for MAP grants, to senators and representatives from across the state. In total, 97 Illinois state leaders heard from students in their districts.

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