WE-Zine, WE's monthly e-newsletter, provides regular policy updates, news about our work, and information about our issues.
March 30, 2023
Women’s History Month = Progress and Community
In March, we celebrated Women’s History Month in a major way. Starting off with announcing the honorees for our 50th anniversary celebration, The Working Lunch, we then shared that Women Employed has received not one, but two proclamations. The first from the City of Chicago, declaring that March 8th, which is International Women’s Day, would be recognized as Women Employed Day in the city and the second from the state, recognizing WE’s work during the month of March. We then featured, Barb Yong, founder of of the Equal Pay Day Chicago Coalition in “She Says,” encouraged supporters to vote for Women Employed to receive a grant from Old National Bank, recapped our most recent ASPIRE Speaker Series with guest speaker, Angell Howard, and all of the incredible work Women Employed is doing outside the office in our “Where in the World is Women Employed?” column.
February 27, 2023
Women Employed Celebrates 50 Years of Smashing the Status Quo
This month, we began our 50th anniversary celebration, with an opening letter from our President & CEO, Cherita Ellens, opened up registration for The Working Lunch, celebrated 30 years of FMLA with an invitation to the White House for the celebratory event and held a virtual press conference discussing the need for paid family and medical leave for all Illinois workers, highlighted Black History Month, shared our Equal Pay tip sheet, featured our Program and Research Coordinator, Efrata Sasahulih, in “She Says.” We also launched two new columns. The first, “Where in the World is Women Employed?” provides a recap of all the events we have attended, hosted, or participated in, and our ASPIRE Speaker Series.
January 27, 2023
We Made History for Illinois Families
This month, we celebrated a decades-long victory in passing the Paid Leave for All Workers Act, previewed our 50th anniversary celebration, opened up applications for our Summer Leadership Program, began accepting honorees for our annual luncheon, The Working Lunch, welcomed our new staff members, and featured Michelle Foik, co-owner of ERIS Brewery and Cider House in our “She Says” column.
December 22, 2022
Happy Holidays from Women Employed
This issue was a year-in-review, highlighting some of our major accomplishments. In the past year, we published our Intersecting Barriers research report that discussed the challenges to economic empowerment for domestic violence survivors, we won an additional $122 million for the Monetary Award Program (MAP) in Illinois, hosted a conversation with Congresswoman Cheri Bustos on the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act which was signed into law in March, launched our Women’s Entrepreneurship Hub and WE Consulting, helped launch the Illinois Full and Fair Wage Coalition, and we joined The Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) as a lead partner on the Illinois FARE Grant project, which raises awareness of pay equity and pay transparency standards among women workers, particularly low-paid Women of Color. This issue also featured long-time WE supporter, Kate Everson, in our “She Says” column.
November 18, 2022
Native Women’s Equal Pay Day is Nov. 30th
In this issue, we acknowledge the pay disparity between Native Women and their white, male counterparts, celebrate Board of Directors Chair, Board Chair Lynn Watkins-Asiyanbi on being recognized by Crain’s Chicago Business as one of their 2022 Notable Nonprofit Board Leaders, highlight our Women’s Entrepreneurship Hub, as November is National Entrepreneurship Month, share what Women Employed is thankful for in a special edition of “She Says,” and promote some of our upcoming events.
October 27, 2022
Promoting Economic Independence for Domestic Violence Survivors
October was Domestic Violence Awareness Month and in this issue we discussed the next stages of our work to support economic independence of domestic violence survivors in Chicago. Plus, check out our 2022 Impact Report where we highlighted our accomplishments over the past year and visit our Student Debt Resources page for up-to-date information for student borrowers and answers to their frequently asked questions. Learn about WE Consulting, our suite of consulting services to help companies build a culture of inclusion and belonging, read the latest installment of our “She Says” series, featuring Kathleen Flynn-Barnett, and join our next advocacy council meeting.
September 29, 2022
Entrepreneurship = Economic Freedom
In this issue, learn about the brand new Women’s Entrepreneurship Hub (WE Hub) that Women Employed just launched, and how business ownership is a pathway to closing wealth gaps and ensuring economic freedom for women. Plus, learn your rights related to equal pay and pay transparency, help us celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, join us for our Silenced No More event on October 6th, and more!
August 29, 2022
The Back to School Issue
Learn about the Biden Administration’s announcement of federal student debt cancellation and find out if it could apply to you! Plus, make sure you know about the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program, learn about our new and improved Career Foundations curriculum, read about the far-reaching impacts of Title IX, and join us in thanking the Girls Up Club at Lake Park High School for making a gift to Women Employed!
July 28, 2022
Happy National Intern Day!
Meet the 2022 class of the Pattis Family Foundation Summer Leadership Program! Plus, help us welcome a new slate of Board Directors, congratulate Women Employed staff who earned recent promotions, learn how entrepreneurship can mean economic freedom for women, join our team, and more!
June 29, 2022
It’s a marathon, not a sprint!
Read Women Employed President and CEO, Cherita Ellens’ feelings about the overturning of Roe and Casey, learn about LGBTQIA Equal Pay Awareness Day, Register for the 2022 College Changes Everything Conference, take action and tell the Senate to pass the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, complete the women workers and student survey for a chance to win a gift card, share your story about being forced to come back to work too soon after welcoming a child, read Sarah Labadie, Associate Director of Policy’s blog post on how Illinois can lead on paid leave in the Midwest, and register for a virtual event featuring WE President & CEO, Cherita Ellens.
May 31, 2022
Looking Within & Changing the Future
Read Women Employed President and CEO, Cherita Ellens’ letter imploring all of us to be part of the solution to what’s going on in the world, watch our recap video from this year’s The Working Lunch-Hybrid Edition, check out the preview for our Entrepreneurship Hub and sign up, learn how you can take action by urging President Biden to cancel student debt, join us in celebrating the approval of the Illinois proposal for an Ability to Benefit process, meet our new staff members, and up for our June Advocacy Council meeting.
April 22, 2022
Behind the Scenes at Women Employed
Take a behind the scenes look at the magic that is Women Employed, read feedback from our sexual harassment training and learn how to hire Women Employed to facilitate a training for your staff, apply for Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s Chicago Resilient Communities Pilot and receive $500 a month in cash assistance for 12 months, celebrate our legislative victories, purchase both virtual and raffle tickets for The Working Lunch–Hybrid Edition, urge your senators to pass the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act in time for Mothers’ Day, join us in congratulating Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson on becoming the first Black Woman confirmed to the Supreme Court, and check out the replay from our Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program webinar.
March 24, 2022
Women’s History Month
Read a letter from our President and CEO, Cherita Ellens on her reflections from Women’s History Month, learn details and purchase tickets for our signature luncheon, The Working Lunch–Hybrid Edition, take action for MAP funding, check out our interview with WE Board member and Vice President of Large Customer Operations at ComEd, Diana Sharpe, register for an upcoming events, apply for the Pattis Family Foundation Summer Leadership Program, and take our WE-Zine Subscriber Survey.
February 25, 2022
Making News + Breaking News
Learn why we’re excited about Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson, read about our new research on the economic barriers facing survivors of domestic violence, and see how we’re celebrating Black History Month! Plus, take action for the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, get a sneak peak of our new billboard and read about us in the news, and find out how WE is practicing self-love this month.
January 25, 2022
Act. Disrupt. Strategize.
Read a letter from our President and CEO Cherita Ellens reflecting on the start of a new year, get a glimpse of our year-end campaign success―thanks to YOU, take action for paid leave, register for our upcoming webinar where we’ll release new research, and tell us what YOU think of WE-Zine by taking our subscriber survey!
December 22, 2021
Wishing You a Wonderful Holiday
Happy holidays from Women Employed! In this issue, we take a moment to thank you for your support of WE, and your ongoing commitment to making the world a better place for working women. Plus, hear from one of our former summer interns, Reyna Moreno; read a tribute to bell hooks from President and CEO Cherita Ellens, see a recap of a recent Chicago Foundation for Women event that featured Cherita, and more!
November 23, 2021
Thankful for you
During this time of gratitude, we are so thankful for supporters like YOU who make our work possible. And we acknowledge that the history of Thanksgiving is also a painful reminder of the brutality against Indigenous peoples and the inequities that are deeply rooted in American history. We will continue to work, alongside you, to dismantle that legacy of inequity to ensure women can emerge from the “shecession” stronger and more economically empowered than before.
October 21, 2021
Time-Sensitive Updates and Actions
Learn about our Domestic Violence and Economic Empowerment (DVEE) project and how it seeks to ensure Chicagoland survivors are connected with services attaching them to meaningful employment, join us for a Latina Equal Pay Day event with the Equal Pay Day Chicago coalition, meet our new Board members, and take action to support paid leave, child care, and the PUMP Act.
September 28, 2021
Nothing About Us, Without Us!
In this issue, our President & CEO Cherita Ellens reflects on the Texas abortion ban, threats to our reproductive rights, and the importance of voting. We also highlight the need for pay equity, featuring a guest piece written by Advocacy Council member Lauren Miller for Native Women’s Equal Pay Day, as well as an upcoming Latina Equal Pay Day event, and a recap of a recent conversation we had on International Equal Pay Day. We also provide an update on our newly-launched ASPIRE Project, which aims to improve developmental education in Illinois.
August 27, 2021
Shining a Spotlight on Black Women’s Equal Pay
This month we marked Black Women’s Equal Day, and Women Employed seized the opportunity to shine a light on the greater disparities faced by Black women and many other women of color due to the ongoing impacts of racial and gender bias. Plus, learn about our fall wellness break, our survey for survivors of domestic violence, and current job openings at WE.
July 22, 2021
New Opportunities for Transformative Change
In this issue, our President and CEO, Cherita Ellens, reflects on the changes in our society as we begin to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic and shares updates and goals related to our new fiscal year and strategic plan. We also announce an upcoming WE-hosted event featuring White House Correspondent, Political Analyst, and author, April Ryan, taking place on August 3rd, Black Women’s Equal Pay day—the approximate day a Black woman must work into the new year to make what white non-Hispanic man made at the end of the previous year. And so much more!
June 17, 2021
Beyond Rainbows and Flags: Celebrating Pride Month with Concrete Actions
Pride month is an opportunity to celebrate LGBTQIA+ people and the community’s history and culture, but the LGBTQIA+ community needs more than rainbow logos and flags. In this issue, we discuss the importance of having an expansive definition of “families” in policies such as the Chicago and Cook County sick time ordinance, welcome our 2021 cohort of The Pattis Family Foundation Summer Leadership program, and more!
May 15, 2021
Embracing the Power of Transformation
It’s finally Spring, and do we need it more than ever. In this issue, we embrace the power that comes with transformation as we embark a new season of change as well as celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. We also share details about our upcoming fundraising event, The Working Lunch, our recent legislative victories, and more!
April 21, 2021
Black and Brown Youth Deserve Better
“Like you, the continuous and all-too-frequent events where young Black and Brown people lose their lives at the hands of a system sworn to serve and protect has our hearts filled with anger and sadness. As an organization focused on pursuing equity in the workforce and expanding access to educational opportunities, we’re left to ask: What good is an equitable workplace when Black and Brown people continue to be robbed of the right to grow old, and to fully explore their passions and realize their potential?”
In this issue, we mourn the death of Ma’Khia Bryant, Daunte Wright, Adam Toledo, and all of the lives taken at the hands of law enforcement. The issue also contains announcements around our annual fundraising event, The Working Lunch, our Digitized Career Foundations, and more!
March 22, 2021
Know the Past to Change the Future
“Our hearts hurt in solidarity with Asian Americans. Women Employed commits to stand with the Asian American community in dismantling white supremacy and xenophobia.” Read more from the team at Women Employed in this month’s issue of WE-Zine, along with a list of resources you can use to speak out against racism and xenophobia against Asian Americans. Plus, we share some exciting announcements about The Working Lunch – Virtual taking place on May 25th, raise awareness about the lack of equal pay in preparation for Equal Pay Day on March 24th, share an our interview with Boozy Bites Founder, Dee Dee Bryant, and more!
February 17, 2021
The Key to ‘Shecession’ Recovery? Center Black and Brown Women
We’re one year into COVID, and women are continuing to absorb the shocks of the pandemic. In this issue, we discuss the disproportionate impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on women–and predominantly women of color—and how we can ensure an equitable recovery. Plus, a list of actions you can take to support working people and our work to pursue equity for all, our most recent media coverage, articles we recommend for you to check out, and more!
January 25, 2021
Starting Strong: 4 Ways to Make An Impact
WE have big plans for 2021 and we are ready to capitalize on our opportunity to “build back better” for women and families. In this issue of WE-Zine, you’ll find four action items you can take to start the year off strong!
December 18, 2020
The Impact Issue: How We’re Driving Change + Doubling YOUR Impact
In this issue, we reflect back on the challenges brought by 2020, but also the opportunities. “As we close out this year that will undoubtedly make it into the history books, I choose to live forwards and dive into the work to build back better. I hope you all will join me,” writes our President and CEO, Cherita Ellens. Read about our plans to make the next four years count–and more!
November 19, 2020
Making History, Together
The last four years have challenged the fabric and soul of our nation. We have made our collective voices heard, and demanded change and the proper representation to shape and push that change forward. Now, we do the work to build back better, together!
In this issue, we discuss how we can make the next four years count, reflect back to Latina Equal Pay day, and provide information about your rights at work during COVID-19.
October 21, 2020
Embracing a Season of Change
September 28, 2020
We Are the Change We Are Waiting For
“We are roughly one month away from both the election and the deadline for the Census. There is nothing more important to our fight for equity than ensuring record-smashing voting numbers, and that we get every person in every household counted in the Census.” In this issue, read our tribute to RBG, get all the info you need to participate–and mobilize OTHERS to participate–in the Census and the election, learn what we’re doing to center the experiences of women of color on equal pay, download our new racial equity policy brief, take action for paid sick time, learn your COVID rights on the job, and MORE!
August 26, 2020
On Suffrage Centennial, We Renew Our Commitment to Equity for All
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.