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Women Employed

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Civil Rights, Education, Job Training, Women, Womens Rights

Mission: the mission of Women Employed (WE) is to improve the economic status of women and remove barriers to economic equity. WE relentlessly pursue equity for women in the workforce by effecting policy change, expanding access to educational opportunities, and advocating for fair and inclusive workplaces so that all women, families, and communities thrive. WE pursue equity for all!

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.

Community Stories

63 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

WE is committed to creative outreach in all communities and online so that women who may not know their evolving rights or what's at stake next can benefit from the great work the organization is doing. It's an honor to help them in this mission.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Women Employed persists in an era when that’s harder than it should be.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a nonprofit that's underrated for the work it does and the impact it makes. An advocacy organization that started in the '70s, Women Employed has been a force behind everything from paid sick time for all workers to eliminating salary-history questions in Illinois. Plus, their bench of volunteer talent is incredible. Brilliant, accomplished women (and men and other allies!) from all over Illinois and Chicago are in this organization's network, and there are lots of opportunities to work however much you'd like on campaigns and initiatives.

Kailey Louise M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great work for a worthy cause. WE supports women in the workplace and promotes equal access to education, as well as women in low wage-earning roles. Their advocacy work is effective as evidenced by their policy successes.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I can't say enough wonderful things about Women Employed. I have only been volunteering with them for a few months now, but the work they do in the community is impressive and so important. From education to advocacy, Women Employed is actively out in the world supporting women's rights in the workplace.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with Women Employed for less than a year now, and my time with them has been nothing short of remarkable. The Advocacy Council embodies a diverse group of women that are both driven and passionate in achieving economic equity. Just this year, WE was honored to see the No Salary History Law take effect on September 29th in Illinois. I truly am excited to continue my volunteering efforts with this dedicated group and hope to build a better future for all working women!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Women Emoloyed's dual method of helping women and promoting equity is especially effective. They assist women with getting prepared for further education and obtaining that education. Then they focus on next steps by advocating for more equitable workplaces. It's a compelling mission with tangible results.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am extremely proud to serve on Women Employed's Advocacy Council for the last two and half years, and most recently as the Council's newest co-chair. During my time with the organization, I have continuously been impressed with WE's ability to mobilize so many young advocates and inspire meaningful civic engagement. In addition, the staff's deep passion and vast knowledge is very evident in their recent numerous victories, and I know as a volunteer/donor, that my time and resources are building a better future for all working women.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Women Employed has succeeded for the past 40 years in their mission of advocating for women to gain equity in the workplace and beyond. Most people aren't aware of WE's efforts that have led to legislation protecting workers rights and income, state funded education, career pathing and so much more. As a volunteer I appreciate the staff's efforts, enthusiasm and fiscal responsibility in improving the economic status of working women.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with Women Employed for four years. The staff and volunteers are inspiring. The work the organization does to empower women and families is so needed. Great advocates for equality in the workplace, access to education and women’s rights.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Sometimes a connection is based on need; sometimes on chemistry. Women Employed has both and more. Organized, efficient, creative and dedicated to helping women achieve their workforce/professional and lifestyle desires and needs. Thumbs Up to Women Employed.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Women Employed has been instrumental in my growth as a young woman in business. I know they truly care about me and my future but all the women who rely on them and their support. I can't speak highly enough about this organization.

cassiedennis

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Have been a volunteer and donor now for over 15 years - on the Board for two years and on the Marketing Council since. They continue to impress me in their focus and management - they value the time and dollars given and don't wast either. Even through a planned succession that then had a curve ball thrown into it, they continued to not only move forward, but also address and include the new needs and conversations that have arisen within the scope of their mission. I work with many nonprofits in my day job - and this one continues to be one of the best run I've seen.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I work with many nonprofits in my work in digital marketing (about 80% of our clients are nonprofit) - and have to say this continues to be one of the best run I know. They focus on the mission, manage the business/process aspects well - and don't waste people's time or money. After 45 years, they continue to be relevant and leaders in helping women shatter glass ceilings in education and the workplace.

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Vanessa Flores C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing organization that empowers ALL women and helps us fight towards equality. The friendly and knowledgeable staff are outstanding! I am honored to be a volunteer for Women Employed.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful organization doing amazing work in Chicago--and a great place to volunteer my time!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being part of Women Employed's Advocacy Council gives me the ability to proactively contribute to a cause I firmly believe in. Although it's easy to write an Instagram post or tweet a link to a story, sometimes it feels like being part of an echo chamber where everyone's speaking but no one's actually DOING something. WE offers various opportunities through its Advocacy Council for women (and men!) to take action, from simply calling a senator to planning a fundraising event. There's something for everyone, and I'm proud to call WE my favorite nonprofit organization in Chicago.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It’s easy to send messages of support for fair wages, benefits, treatment and education opportunities 140 characters at a time. Women Employed's Advocacy Council gives me clear, concrete ways to contribute to change, whether it’s by assisting the organization in their next event, raising money from like-minded supporters, or getting friends involved beyond retweeting Roxanne Gay when the mood strikes.

lisabattisfore

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Women Employed (WE) for just under two years. During that time, I have met dozens (maybe more!) of inspiring women, learned valuable information about legislation/policy, and developed my own fundraising and development skills. There are so many ways to get involved, from receiving a monthly newsletter to attending regular meetings. If you believe in fighting for gender equity and are looking for ways to get involved in the Chicago community, then WE is a great place to start!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering on Women Employ's Advocacy Council is one of he most meaningful, as well as impactful experiences I have had in recent years. Together WE are shattering the glass ceiling one pane at a time.

Lauren E. Miller, LSW

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Women Employed is my favorite nonprofit because they keep me informed along with giving me action steps to really make an impact!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Women Employed is a phenomenal nonprofit doing key advocacy and programming work across Illinois and impacting the national scene for equity in the workplace! Women Employed is constantly pushing the envelope in ways that allow their volunteers and constituents to get involved and TAKE ACTION for workplace change - I am so honored to volunteer with Women Employed and support their critical work!

Patricia36

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Women Employed has remained true to the fulfillment of its mission for more than 40 years. It maintains a small, committed staff and has attracted professionals who volunteer professional and consulting services to support the organization, thereby enabling them to do more with their financial resources. Their long record of successes on behalf of working women and heads of household is legendary. They fight for right and they win. It is an honor to be associated with this team.