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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

79 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

I learned of this organization through a close friend who works for the organization, and has told me a lot about what its goals. Through this connection I have come to respect the great work that this group has done and continues to do in promoting women's equality in the workplace. I especially appreciate what this organization stands for as a woman working in a predominately male career who has seen the challenges women face in the workforce.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Tell your story here and help others understand this charity My mother has had a connection with this charity for years and helped it out from the beginning. She believed in the cause and continues. It has helped numerous women both get into the workplace and achieve the quality that many firmly believe they deserve.

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Former Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Women Employed since the '80s. The organization has never let up on it focus on working women, women who are trying to get into the workplace, and women who are underpaid in the workplace. The organization has exercised energetic advocacy, both on the executive level and legislatively, and both federally and at the state level. I can't imagine how they could do a better job.

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Former Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with Women Employed since the early 1990's as a volunteer, former training consultant and former board member and every interaction I have had with this organization has confirmed my belief in them as a stellar organization that for almost 40 years has worked passionately and steadfastly to improve the lives of working women and their families. They have consistently challenged themselves to be more responsive to their clients.

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Former Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Best organization that ever happened to me and the working women of Chicago as well as the nation. OK, I'll admit it, I joined in 1973. I was seeing the inequality of the workplace and needed to do something. While working as a bureaucrat I had more rights and freedoms than many other working women, yet I was only one of the two "professionally" graded female employees in my agency. Women Employed helped me find my voice and I was able to work to improve my field as well as other fields. Previous reviews are correct, Women Employed also helped me find some life long friends. I am forever grateful for both.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Working in a male dominated industry throughout my career, as well as being a single mom, I readily understand the challenges and obstacles women encounter to balance work and family life. As such, I wanted to become a mentor and advocate for women, especially when it comes to advancement and education. As I got involved with Women Employed, it quickly became clear to me, that this organization was one of great breadth and history. For over 35 years, Women Employed has been dedicated towards improving the economic opportunities for women, through advocacy and partnership helping make change in laws, policy and increased training and education. Most recently, focusing their efforts on enabling low-income women to advance to better jobs and opportunities through education, training and career development; Women Employed continues to provide real results and make a difference in women lives for the better.

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womenemployed 05/28/2010

Thanks so much for this really great review! We really appreciate the kind words.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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womenemployed 05/28/2010

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

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Women Employed is a smart, interesting and important Nonprofit for women of Illinois. It is a clearing house for all issues that are important to women. It invites you to participate on any level that you are comfortable with as well as offering information in a concise direct way. There website has spurred me on to get involved in other political activities nationally as well as locally.

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womenemployed 05/28/2010

Thanks so much for writing such a great review. We love hearing from you!