Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Women Employed Co-Sponsors Discussion with House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi

Leader Pelosi, Representative Jan Schakowsky, and Representative Robin Kelly to address creating opportunities for working women


CHICAGO – House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi will be in Chicago for an intimate speaking event with prominent nonprofit and business leaders, and activists. The special event, co-sponsored by Women Employed, will feature Leader Pelosi, Representative Jan Schakowsky, and Representative Robin Kelly, and will focus on the policies necessary to advance women's economic opportunity. The event will be moderated by WE Executive Director Anne Ladky.

Women face multiple challenges in the workplace: they are more than two times as likely to work in occupations with poverty wages, and many do not have access to paid leave for medical emergencies or the birth of a child. In 2012, the average annual cost of infant childcare in Illinois was over $12,000 – an unspeakable amount for the more than 17 million women in the U.S. who earn less than $25,000 a year working full-time, year-round. And, women on average still earn just 77 cents for every dollar earned by men nationally.

“We’re so excited to have three incredible women’s advocates working on these important issues,” Ladky said. “Low-income working women need affordable childcare, paid family and medical leave, fair pay and other workplace policies that help them better balance work and family responsibilities.”

The event is co-sponsored by Women Employed, Women’s Business Development Center, Coalition of Labor Union Women, National Association of Women’s Business Owners, YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago, Mujeres Latinas en Acción, and Jobs with Justice.

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 www.womenemployed.org.

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