Women Employed Institute Overview
Geographic areas served: Illinois and federal-level advocacy
Programs: Our current programs demonstrate original approaches to overcoming employment barriers and opening opportunities for women by improving their access to information and changing the way government and business respond to their needs. WEI has three main program areas:
·Promoting Fair Workplaces, centered on increasing public awareness of the problem of low-paid work and promoting workable solutions. We currently focus our efforts on ensuring paid sick leave for more low-paid workers in Illinois, and advocating for fair employment practices and strong enforcement of equal opportunity laws.
·Increasing Access to Education and Training, focused on improving the effectiveness of the post-secondary education and workforce development systems and increasing support (financial aid, child care and career and academic counseling) for low-income students.
·Enabling Low-Income Individuals to More Effectively Navigate the Labor Market, committed to expanding low-income women's knowledge of the labor market and the skills needed to navigate it.
Since 1978, Women Employed has fought to outlaw pay discrimination, pregnancy discrimination and sexual harassment and to strengthen federal equal opportunity policies and work/family benefits. We''ve connected thousands of women to education and training that lead to better jobs.
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