Thursday, October 17, 2013

Women Employed Celebrates 40 Years of Impact with Birthday Bash

On October 22, friends and advocates will celebrate change with special guest, feminist cartoonist Nicole Hollander


CHICAGO – Women Employed will toast 40 years of opening doors, breaking barriers, and creating fairer workplaces for women on October 22 at its birthday bash.

Reflecting on four decades of impact, Executive Director Anne Ladky says, “Many of the things we’ve achieved seemed impossible when we started, but we were very determined.” That was in 1973, when the homegrown Chicago organization began battling discrimination in the workplace. Since then, women have made huge strides in the workplace, and Women Employed has been there every step of the way. The organization has helped open access to jobs in fields once closed to women and expand legal protections against sexual harassment and pregnancy discrimination in the workplace. Among WE’s many milestone wins was the groundbreaking Family Medical Leave Act of 1993, which enabled workers to care for newborns and family members without fear of losing their job. WE has evolved over the years to meet new and urgent needs. Today, in addition to continuing advocacy on workplace issues, WE is expanding educational and training opportunities for low-income workers whose degrees and certificates will prepare them for jobs paying family-supporting wages.  

Despite these many victories, Women Employed knows there’s a long way to go. “Millions of women are still struggling in low-paying jobs, lack opportunities to advance, and face discrimination in the workplace,” Ladky says. “We’ve had 40 years of far-reaching impact on these issues. Now we’re looking forward to building on our successes and tackling issues such as earned sick time and the need to increase financial aid and support services for adult students.”

Advocates, donors, staff, and friends will inspire each other to tackle the challenges still ahead at the birthday bash, which is open to the public.Guests will rub elbows with Chicago native and feminist cartoonist Nicole Hollander, who will also share her character Sylvia’s unique perspective on the fight for women’s rights in the workplace.  The mingling, eating, and networking will kick off at Rock Bottom Brewery at 5:30 p.m. and last until 7:30 p.m. Tickets, available for $40, include appetizers and drinks.

About Women Employed
Women Employed mobilizes people and organizations to expand educational and employment opportunities for America’s working women. Founded in 1973, this year we celebrate four decades of opening doors, breaking barriers, and creating fairer workplaces for women. For more information, visit

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