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

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.

Community Stories

56 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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.

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.

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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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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a Women Employed volunteer for several years. I am impressed by the way the organization leverages the passion and commitment of its small staff to make big changes in the lives of female workers. In addition to its advocacy for women already in the workplace, the organization has initiatives that lift women into the world of work by promoting access to education. They run a lean operation and maximize every penny so that their programs can be maximally successful. I am extremely proud to be a part of the Women Employed family.

mollybyron2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In the fall of 2015, I had the pleasure of interviewing Women Employed’s Senior Policy Associate Sarah Labadie about WE’s advocacy toward women’s educational and workplace success. It was a great source of motivation and empowerment, and inspired me to get involved with Women Employed and apply for the Summer Leadership Program.

As a Summer Leader, I gained a stronger understanding of the barriers facing low-paid working women, and how non-profit advocacy work can change public policies and workplace practices for women.

I continue to be involved with Women Employed and utilize their action network to advocate for equal opportunities for women.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been involved with WE for 3 years at this point. They've been around for 45 years, working on the same general set of issues. This speaks to the integrity and quality of work that WE is doing. I am continually impressed and amazed at the dedication of the people who work for WE, and at the amazing work that I see from my fellow volunteers. It's a group that inspires commitment and dedication from its people. I also think that it would be really easy to assume WE is only doing work for very high earning women (e.g. those fighting to break the Glass Ceiling) only, but WE is committed to doing the hard work of fighting for low-wage workers and helping all women get a leg up in the world. I'm very happy to see that they continue to be aware of intersectional issues.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've been involved directly with Women Employed for over 4 years and have known about the work they do for even more. The staff is whip smart, kind, and very dedicated to the mission of helping low-income women have access to quality jobs and the education and training to attain those jobs. I am proud to serve on their young professionals Advocacy Council and even more proud to share the work they do with my friends and family on a regular basis.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Women Employed is one of the best run organizations I've ever seen - they are smart, effective at what they do and value every dollar and hour given to them by their supporters and put it back into the work. Since my day job is at a digital marketing agency working with many nonprofits, I've seen how many are managed and how they treat their volunteers. Initially met this organization over 10 years ago when a friend was volunteering with them. She kept saying how well run and impactful their work was for women - and had been for many years. They focus on advocating for change to help women get ahead in the world through employment and education. After checking it out myself - attending their events; reading their materials, including their annual report; checking out their credentials - how they spend their money etc. through organizations who rate charities - I decided to volunteer with my limited time. I'm still there after 8+ years! I love working with them to help change the laws, regulations and business practices that inhibit our ability - and those of our sisters, girlfriends, daughters and granddaughters - to gain pay equity, equal opportunity in the workplace and to remove obstacles like sexual harassment. I give money to several organizations - but I only give both money and my time to Women Employed. It means a lot to me - and if you check it out, I'm sure you'll find it worthy of either your time or money - or both!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a member of the Advocacy Council, I was proud to help affect changes to the sick pay laws in Chicago - and I gained experience and exposure as a young professional.