WE - Women Employed

In This Issue
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The Working Lunch
1700 Students Speak
She Says: Olga Kilstein
Career Expo
Status of IL's Women
Just the Facts  
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The average woman still earns just 77 cents to a man's dollar. For the average woman over the course of a 40-year career, that wage gap results in $431,000 in lost wages.
WE Newsbyte   
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Recent coverage of WE and our issues:

"Letters: MAP grant," Chicago Tribune


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The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently reached a $3 million settlement with shipping giant FedEx to resolve allegations that FedEx had discriminated on the basis of sex, race, and national origin in their hiring practices.

The DOL's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs found evidence that 21,635 job applicants had been discriminated against at dozens of FedEx facilities in 15 states. Under the agreement, FedEx will make wide-ranging changes to their hiring procedures and extend job offers to 1,703 applicants who had formerly been rejected.
Upcoming Career Expo   
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Hosted by Women for Hire
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
10am - 2pm
Navy Pier, Chicago
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Ladky to Speak on Status of Women in Illinois   
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On May 2, WE Executive Director Anne Ladky, along with IL Lt. Governor Sheila Simon, will speak at an event on the status of women and girls in Illinois. The event is hosted by the National Council of Jewish Women.

For more information and to RSVP, visit www.ncjwcns.org 
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From Anne's Desk
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Anne LadkyLast week, we marked Equal Pay Day, which graphically reminds us that the average woman must work fifteen-and-a-half months to earn the same pay as an average man makes in twelve.

Women Employed and many other organizations rallied in downtown Chicago to remind the public how much more there is to do to make the legal guarantee of equal pay a reality for all women. Even in the most common women's occupations--teachers, nurses, and clerical workers--men earn more. In addition, according to statistics recently compiled by the Institute for Women's Policy Research, women are more than twice as likely as men to work in occupations with poverty-level wages, like cashiers, cleaners, and waitresses. Urge your representatives to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act to bring equal pay requirements up to date and increase the minimum wage, which would give millions of women a much needed raise. It's time!    

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p.s. I look forward to seeing our Chicago readers at The Working Lunch on May 10th. Tickets are selling fast, so don't wait to get yours!

Don't Miss  NPR's Linda Wertheimer!
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The Working Lunch
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Legislators Hear from 1,700+ Students  
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Last week, Women Employed staff members joined community college students in Springfield to speak up for increased funding for the MAP grant, a need-based program that allows thousands of low-income Illinois students to get degrees. The trip was part of our March for MAP campaign, which has been taking place on over 20 college campuses across Illinois this spring.

Student at House
Student advocate Abigail Tiu
in the IL House.
As part of the campaign, more than 1,700 students have written letters to their legislators, taken photos, and signed posters urging legislators to "Keep Us on the MAP." During our trip to Springfield, we delivered those materials to  legislators representing districts all across the state. Policy Associate Sarah Labadie said, "It was great to see so many students speak up on this issue. Legislators are listening, and we know student voices make a difference." Sarah will go back to Springfield later this month to testify at the IL House Higher Ed Appropriations Committee about the need for increased funding for the MAP grant.

See pictures from the 2012 March for MAP campaign.

She Says...   
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Diana Perez-DomencichAdler School of Professional Psychology student Olga Kilstein is interning with Women Employed this spring, helping to organize students to advocate for financial aid funding.

Why are you excited to be advocating for low-wage women?
I think everybody in society deserves their fair share, and there needs to be resources available for everybody to achieve their potential and their goals in life.

Are you learning anything that you'll carry with you in your career?
Women Employed does such a great job of advocacy-- they're pros, so I'm learning skills related to that. I'm also learning about human resilience. The belief in human spirit and the knowledge that people can overcome difficulties will be very important in my career.

What's been the best thing about your internship so far?
I love the one-one-one contact with students and hearing their stories. Their resilience is unbelievably inspiring and moving, and it motivates me to want to do more to help them.

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