Women Employed

Rating: 4.96 stars   24 reviews

Issues: Civil Rights, Job Training

Location: 65 E. Wacker Place Ste 1500 Chicago IL 60601 USA

Mission: The mission of Women Employed is to improve the economic status of women and remove barriers to economic equity. Women Employed has one passion: to make life better for working women. We believe that all women deserve full and fair economic opportunities. That means better career options and higher pay, more opportunities for training and education, and strict enforcement of fair employment laws. Women Employed is a leading national advocate for women's economic advancement. We analyze workplace issues, educate policy makers, and build support to improve opportunities and incomes. Since 1973, Women Employed has fought to outlaw pay discrimination, pregnancy discrimination and sexual harassment and to strengthen federal equal opportunity policies and work/family benefits.
Target demographics: working women
Geographic areas served: Illinois and federal-level advocacy
Programs: Women Employed envisions of a world in which all women can achieve their aspirations and support their families. To get there, we need to make workplaces fairer and ensure that more women can succeed in education and training for good jobs.
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I serve on the marketing committee for Women Employed and am truly honored to be a part of this great mission. WE is working hard to advance the lives of all women, and especially women working in low-wage jobs. It takes a clear vision of a better future, smart leadership, and a consistent, fresh message to remain relevant in a saturated marketplace. WE has all of these - as well as the history and savvy to rise above the fray and remain a critically important advocate for this segment of the workforce.

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From my perspective as a volunteer member of the WE Advocacy Council, Women Employed is an organization filled with people who are deeply committed to their mission and values -- to diligently advocate on behalf of women in low-wage employment to improve labor conditions and opportunities. I always feel energized and more informed after WE events. The organization has also proven nimble over the years, adapting its central issues to meet the changing needs of women in the low-wage sector in order to address the social, political, and economic realities of the historical moment (although of course, many of the same issues persist, as well).

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Women Employed represents my values through its mission and dedication to issues that affect low-income women. They have a strong team, an incredible history of achievements, and continue to make great strides in bolstering the higher education and financial stability if this population. I'm proud to volunteer with WE!

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10 people found this review helpful

In 1975 I joined Women Employed (WE)and its efforts for equal opportunity for women and minorities. Working together with staff and other volunteers provided friendships enduring to this day, along with a sense of purpose in ensuring better opportunities for women now and in the future. Over the last 3 decades WE has joined with other women's and civil rights organizations to make substantial progress on all leading issues affecting women/minorities: employment descrimination, Family Medical Leave, insurance reform, unfair and/or illegal workplace policies, benefits for low-wage workers - to name a few.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the comraderie with other staff/members/supporters and realizing you can make a difference by working together for a common cause.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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7 people found this review helpful

Women Employed is an organization with a strong mission to improve the American workplace for women. The nonprofit agency sticks to that mission in its daily work. I first learned about it when I was about 25 and was really just getting started in my career. At the time, I saw injustices in the workplace but had no way of expressing it or responding to it. I heard about Women Employed and was interested in getting more involved in it. I didn't pursue it at the time, but I never forgot about the organization. Later I applied for a job there, and though I didn't quite fit their needs, they suggested I join their Marketing Committee. It has been interesting.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

They are good about sending out information, and I find their publications interesting and readable. I also work with WE staff members and can see their commitment to everything the agency stands for.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Perhaps study some economic issues in more depth and try to convey that to members.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I've enjoyed watching the Women Employed staff take ideas and create outstanding communication programs. They do a great job of communicating the agency's many messages.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

They are exceptional--very committed to the work and quite capable at communicating the WE message.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Create more training and educational opportunities for women. Have an even bigger impact on the workplace in Chicago.

Ways to make it better...

This survey hadn't been so long!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Funding, mission, Strong identity, Exposure to the greater Chicago community

One thing I'd also say is that...

Women Employed Chicago is a well-managed organization with good, hard-working and competent staff.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a great review. We really appreciate it!

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8 people found this review helpful

I was introduced to the organization about 8 years ago and when I saw their long list of accomplishments in education, awareness and legislative advocacy--empowering women through economic advancement--it really hit home for me. Growing up, my single Mom raised seven kids by working simultaneously working many jobs and many hours. Without the benefit of a college degree or affordable child care, she was working to scrape by--or almost scrape by. Having a place to live and food on the table wasn't a given. Thanks to a work/learn program that was available when I was a teenager, I was able to acquire business skills that helped me earn my way through college and achieve a BS degree from a well-respected private college. Thanks to that degree and my other skills,I've had a successful career in sales and marketing in technology. I have firsthand knowledge of what an education can mean for a woman--and as we all know, if a woman has more opportunity, then her children--and her entire community--benefits. Because of Women Employed's long history and ongoing dedication to improving the lives of women and their families, I originally became a Board Member. After a short stint on the West Coast (where I had to give up my duties due to some family business), have returned and am now actively involved in the Marketing Committee--helping make others aware of Women Employed's work and how we can work together to help women succeed.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My nieces and nephews have used the Career Coach to help them identify potential careers for themselves. Additionally, many of my family members have leveraged the Family Medical Leave Act--which Women Employed assisted in bringing to fruition.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make more people aware of their work. Sometimes they are so focused on the work, they haven't always had the time (or the funds) to make others aware of what they are doing.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

their commitment to the work without any personal egos getting in the way. No divas, just a talented team of staff, volunteers and community.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

intelligent, thoughtful, dedicated and great people.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

create more economic opportunities for women through education and supporting their cause.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to dedicate to helping them!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

earning mind share and legislatively insuring that their initiatives are funded during these difficult economic times.

One thing I'd also say is that...

This is a well-run, economically frugal organization that creates much with relatively small amounts of staff and money.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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Thanks so much for writing this wonderful review, and for your involvement with WE over the years. We appreciate it!