Equity, Fairness, and Opportunity for All
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Dear WE Friends & Supporters,

Equity, fairness, and opportunity for all. These are the values Women Employed works to uphold every day. Increasingly, we are reminded that the fight for our ideals cannot rest. From access to higher education to civil liberties for the most vulnerable, hard-won protections are being threatened and outright dismantled each day.

The good news? WE is still here, and we are doubling down on rising up. We know that when we come together, we are powerful. That’s how Women Employed has been able to consistently move the needle for working women over 45 years. In our earliest days, women were shut out of many workplaces. Those of us fighting for women’s rights were often met with hostility. But by speaking out and standing up for what is right, WE won victories that have opened doors for millions and generations to come. The fight is not over. And with your continued support, we know that equity and fairness will ultimately prevail. Remember: It’s up to us—all of us.

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In Solidarity,
Sharmili Majmudar

Interim CEO, Women Employed 


Tomorrow's Leaders...in Their Own Words 
Members of WE's 2018 Summer Leadership Program

It’s the best part of summer for the team at Women Employed! Ten young advocates are with us for eight weeks as part of The Pattis Family Foundation Summer Leadership Program, an internship that introduces students and recent graduates to social justice advocacy and career exploration, leadership training, and hands-on experience working in a non-profit. They spoke to us about their favorite part of the experience so far and their hopes for the future. 
"This is an opportunity to learn my rights as a woman, and also what it’s like to work in a non-profit organization. We’ve met a judge, and even someone who works as an activist. It makes me think—maybe advocacy work is something I can do in the near future.”
Valencia Garrett, Kennedy King College

"My favorite part of the internship has been learning about Women Employed and how it went from a small grassroots organization with women passing out pamphlets on the street, to an organization that has an impact on the local, state, and federal levels." 
Cosette Zacarias, University of Maryland 

“I’m very passionate about women’s rights and labor rights. It’s inspiring to know that no matter what choices you make, you can find a way to do what you love.”
Elizabeth Kepner, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

"It's really solidified that I want to work in a non-profit. Before, I only knew of the policy side of non-profit work, but now I know there's marketing, communications, and development, and so much more."
Ellie Kennedy-Wood, Vassar College 

Rolling Back Race Forward 
Ignoring race in college admissions will limit access for students of color.
The Trump administration’s decision to reverse the policy of affirmative action in higher education that was enacted under President Obama is both disappointing and misguided. People of color—especially black and Latino students—are too often unsupported in their pursuit of higher education. Compared to white students, black and Latino students are more likely to be the first in their family to attend college, which means they often face more challenges in navigating financial aid and the admissions process.
Ultimately, 33 percent of white Americans older than 25 hold a bachelor’s degree, while 19 percent of black people and 16 percent of Latinos hold one. Considering race as one factor in college admissions—alongside test scores, high school grades, essays, and other variables—is key to addressing the continuing dearth of diversity in institutions of higher learning.  
She Says: Ambar Mentor-Truppa and
Dinamarca Mentor

Throughout our 45th anniversary year, WE will be highlighting the generations of women who’ve been impacted by our advocacy for gender equity.
Ambar Mentor-Truppa is a long-standing supporter of WE and a member of both our Board of Directors and Advocacy Council. She shared with us how her mother, Dinamarca Mentor, helped her develop a passion for activism.
Ambar and Dinamarca Mentor
Ambar (at left) with her mother Dinamarca Mentor. 

How much of an influence did your mother have on you becoming someone who speaks up to make change?

My mom has been a tremendous influence. She immigrated from the Dominican Republic in her late 20s to have a better life, and left a growing career in medicine in her home country to start all over here. She and my father experienced bouts of poverty and struggled as low-wage workers in America. When my sister and I were born, my mom stayed at home with us and then began volunteering at our local elementary school. Eventually, she started attending night classes at Harold Washington College (sometimes with her young daughters in tow!), and earned her associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education. She’s the epitome of the type of woman WE advocates for.

Read the rest of Ambar's story »


Policy Watch

The goal of the Career Foundations curriculum that WE developed with the City Colleges of Chicago is simple—to help adult students without a high school diploma create a plan to get to college and the career of their dreams.

This year, WE and our partners at community-based organizations across Chicago set out to see at least 180 Career Foundations students transition into the higher education system. The numbers have come in and they’re better than expected: with months left to go in the year, more than 200 students are already continuing their education and are on a path to working in high-demand industries like manufacturing and healthcare. Even better, most of the students that enroll in Career Foundations are parents and breadwinners in their households—which means their success represents a win for working families. 

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