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Women Employed

65 E. Wacker Place Suite 1500 Chicago , 60048

Please share your mission. 

Women Employed’s mission is to improve the economic status of women and their families by mobilizing people and organizations to expand educational and employment opportunities for working women.

Describe how your organization lives/realizes its mission. 

Women Employed’s mission is to improve the economic status of women and remove barriers to economic equity. The organization focuses on women in the lower end of the labor market, being paid less than $35,000 a year. By helping improve low-wage workplace conditions, federal policy, and access to post-secondary education, Women Employed is able to positively impact the family lives of low-paid working women. The organization continues to make strides to advance their vision for all working women to be respected, treated fairly, and able to attain the skills they need for the jobs they want. Women Employed is committed to improving post-secondary educational access for low-paid individuals. The poverty rates are highest for families headed by single women and over one million Chicagoans lack a college education, and of those, 380,000 lack even a high school diploma. The vast majority also lack basic literacy, numeracy, and problem solving skills that leaves them unable to advance their education and career interests. Women Employed believes it is critical to address this social injustice and help build foundational skills so these women are able to advance and secure family sustaining jobs and careers. Without increased access to and success in high-quality post-secondary education and training, the economic prospects of low-paid individuals and their families will continue to decline.