WE-Zine, WE's monthly e-newsletter, provides regular policy updates, news about our work, and information about our issues. 

August 26, 2020

On Suffrage Centennial, We Renew Our Commitment to Equity for All

“We should all commemorate this day with a renewed commitment, a renewed fervor to achieve what those upon whose shoulders we stand set out to do starting way back in 1776, when Abigail Adams wrote to her husband, John Adams, as he headed to the Third Continental Congress, imploring him to “remember the ladies”, and that they would form a rebellion “if attention is not paid” to our interests, and that we “would not hold ourselves  bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation.”
So today, let’s commemorate, and tomorrow work like hell to get out the vote.”

July 24, 2020

We’re Living Through History. Take Action to Be on the Right Side of It.

“In this moment, we have to determine as a women’s movement who we are going to be. Where do we stand? Who are we standing with, and what will we fight for? What is the work we must do to gain gender equity for ALL women?” Read the latest WE-Zine, chock full of actions YOU can take to advance equity for all.

June 25, 2020

Progress in Pride 🌈

Learn about recent Supreme Court victories and what they mean for LGBTQ+ workers and DREAMers; find out about our summer event series; meet our 2020 Summer Leaders, new Board members, and Board Officers; and watch a video update on paid sick time in Illinois.

May 28, 2020

Justice Requires Disruptive Intent

“This week, we say the names of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Christian Cooper, George Floyd, Sha’Teina Grady El. Fortunately, not all of them lost their lives, but even the ones that are still alive to tell their stories suffered a form of death on the inside.” Read more from our CEO Cherita Ellens in today’s issue of WE-Zine. Plus, get legislative updates and actions you can take both in Illinois and nationwide that will make a difference for women and families.

April 9, 2020

Fighting for Paid Sick Time + Resources and Supports You Need Now

Watch a video message from our CEO, Cherita Ellens, then find out what YOU can do to help us win paid sick time for all working people, and check out our one stop shop for all the resources you need to stay safe and supported right now.

March 23, 2020

Our Priorities in the Midst of COVID-19

Read about how we’re focusing our resources and what actions we’re encouraging our leaders to take in light of the COVID-19 crisis, including a personal perspective from our CEO Cherita Ellens.

February 21, 2020

Celebrate Black HERstory Month ???

February’s WE-Zine is HERE! Celebrate Black HERstory, learn about our 2020 Policy Priorities, why black women need #PaidLeave, and MORE! This issue is jammed packed with goodies! ?️??

January 23, 2020

Turn Up ? the Advocacy ?? With These 5 Tips

Check out our first WE-Zine of the year as we give you 5 tips to help you be the best advocate EVER! Take a look at the new leadership we have on our Board and our Advocacy Council. Don’t forget to check out our upcoming events!

December 19, 2019

Join As We Reflect on a Decade of Progress

In 2019’s last WE-Zine issue, we reflect on our organizational growth during the 20teens, share some important event dates, and more! Check it out now!

November 18, 2019

What It Will Take to Close the Gap

In this month’s issue, we chat about Latina’s Equal Pay Day, our fall event, Schoolhouse on the Rocks, Reflect on a great year and more!

October 15, 2019

WE see you. WE hear you. WE believe you.

On the two-year anniversary of #MeToo going viral, read a message from our CEO on the progress we’ve made, the work still to do, and how YOU can have an impact. Plus, read a profile of one of our Career Foundations partners, download our No Salary History toolkit, and more!

September 4, 2019

Until Every Working Woman is Given Her Just Due

Read why every day will be Labor Day at Women Employed, until all work is respected and honored. Plus, meet the 2019 class of The Pattis Family Foundation Summer Leadership Program.

August 1, 2019

Check Out Our Summer Successes

This summer has been filled with success, check out this issue to learn what’s new and what’s to come!

June 27, 2019

Let’s Celebrate Victories

Check out June’s issue of WE-Zine for all our IL Legislation Agenda wins and updates. And we bid a “See You Later”, to two of our beloved team members!

May 29, 2019

Shine On

Check out May’s issue as we chat shining on, changes happening in Chicago, and much more!

April 25, 2019

The Power of Women

Read why we’re excited to celebrate the Power of Women at The Working Lunch, learn about each of our inspiring panel speakers, find out why Emily Miller is energized to introduce her networks to Women Employed, and learn about a policy we’re following that will impact racial equity in Illinois.

March 27, 2019

Celebrating Women’s History Month

Hear why Cherita Ellens is excited for the future this Women’s History Month, hear about Chicago City Clerk’s “Pink New Deal” for women and girls in Chicago, get your tickets for The Working Lunch–WE’s signature annual event, and get ready to raise your voice for equal pay!

February 25, 2019

Introducing WE’s New CEO, Cherita Ellens

Meet our new CEO Cherita Ellens and learn more why she’s excited for her new role at WE! Plus, celebrate Illinois passing a minimum wage increase, read about the women we honored during Black History Month, and get a full video recap of our Advocacy on Tap event!

January 23, 2019

Forging Ahead in 2019

WE is resolving to make change in 2019. Read our legislative agenda to see how. Plus, join us for Advocacy on Tap on Feb 4, learn about mayoral candidates at a Feb 2 forum, see how Program Manager Shirlondra Brooks is showing her kids advocacy, save the date for The Working Lunch on May 9, and more!

December 19, 2018

School Is in Session for New Legislators

WE is helping new IL legislators make higher ed a priority. Also, make the gift that gives back by donating to WE, get a recap of a recent ACLU panel on “Reworking the Workplace,” hear from our summer interns, and save the date for an evening of Lagunitas and live music on Feb 4!

November 21, 2018

We’re Doubling Down on Rising Up

We’ve crafted an Illinois Women’s Agenda for Governor-elect J.B. Pritzker. Plus, read how we’re doubling down on rising up, and hear from the people uniting around our cause, in our 2018 Annual Report. Then double down with us on #GivingTuesday, November 27th, by making your gift.

October 18, 2018

Your Vote Matters More Than Ever

With the midterm elections only days away, Women Employed is rallying voters to go to the polls. Also in this issue, we mark the one year anniversary of #MeToo and hear from a committed WE supporter who shares why she’s investing in the next generation of working women.

September 21, 2018

This Moment Is Critical

WE calls for a fair and independent investigation into Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Also in this issue, we’re prepping for a fall full of events and making new partners just in time for back to school!

August 20, 2018

It’s About Dollars and Cents

This issue of WE-Zine marks Black Women’s Equal Pay Day and shares how you can help pass a No Salary History law for Illinois. Plus, hear from the creator of the new web-series PinkSlipped and learn why WE and its partners in education and training are getting kudos.

July 18, 2018

Equity, Fairness, and Opportunity for All

Our 45th anniversary celebrations are still going in this issue of WE-Zine, where one working woman shares how she became inspired to take action with Women Employed. Also, in this issue: hear from the interns in the 2018 Summer Leadership Program and learn exciting news about Career Foundations!

June 21, 2018

Women Employed at 45

WE’s signature fundraising event, The Working Lunch, was an inspiring kick off for the organization’s 45th anniversary celebrations. In this issue we recap the event, share the exciting progress of our legislative work in Illinois, and more.

May 17, 2018

Working for Generations to Come

The Working Lunch is around the corner! As WE prepares to celebrate its 45th anniversary, longtime supporters share their favorite memories from past luncheons. Also in this issue, we share dispatches from the United State of Women summit in LA and discuss higher education deserts.

April 20, 2018

It’s Up to All of Us

In this issue, learn how WE is marking sexual assault awareness month by standing in solidarity with farmworker women, meet our featured panelists for The Working Lunch, and see how Chicago marked Equal Pay Day 2018.

March 26, 2018

Speaking Up, Speaking Out, Making Change

See how WE celebrated Women’s History Month 2018! Also in this issue, we reveal the exciting line-up of panelists for our special 45th anniversary celebration at The Working Lunch, and a millennial working woman shares how she speaks up and makes change in the workplace.

February 20, 2018

Black Women Make History

In this issue, a Women Employed supporter shares how the legacy of black women has inspired her own activism. Also, we mark the 25th anniversary of FMLA and get ready for the Chicago premiere of Zero Weeks, a film about America’s paid leave crisis.

January 26, 2018

Ready for 2018

See what’s on our legislative agenda for Illinois in 2018! Also in this issue, we recap the energizing March to the Polls in Chicago and share the inspiring story of a successful bridge student.

December 1, 2017

WE Won’t Go Back

In our last issue of the year, we outline how you can help Women Employed make more change for working women in 2018 and share some new year resolutions from the WE staff. Also, save the date for the Women’s March on Chicago in January!

November 1, 2017

This year, we’re especially thankful for you

In this issue, get an update on all the legislative initiatives you helped WE push forward in 2017. There’s also an inside view of the Inaugural Women’s Convention held in Detroit, Michigan, and we set the facts straight about City Colleges.

October 1, 2017

Until All Women Have Equal Pay

Ahead of Latina Equal Pay Day, WE recognizes the disparity in wages for different groups of women. Also in this issue: attend our upcoming event, learn how the Department of Education is failing student borrowers, and more.

September 1, 2017

We’ve got to fight for our rights

In this issue, find out how WE plans to fight Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of Illinois’ proposed No Salary History Act, learn what the end of DACA would mean for an adult student who spoke to us, and more!

August 1, 2017

Here’s some good news

Catch up with all the good WE has been up to in this issue! From launching a massive public education campaign about the new paid sick time laws in Chicago and Cook County, to discussing the benefits of Career Foundations, there’s plenty to love in this issue of WE-Zine.