Join Us on December 8th for a Webinar

Concerned about the alarming racial achievement gaps in higher education? Join Women Employed as we hear from Illinois Deputy Governor Jesse Ruiz and education experts from other states and have a critical conversation about how to address these gaps and advance racial equity in higher education on a statewide level. Women Employed's President and CEO Cherita Ellens will share our policy recommendations for advancing racial equity in Illinois.

Date: December 8th
When: 4:00-5:00 pm CT

  • Jesse Ruiz, Illinois Deputy Governor for Education
  • Brandon Bishop, Policy Analyst at State Higher Education Executive Officers Association
  • Rudyane Rivera-Lindstrom, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission

Free Student Workshop: Advocate for Success
Women Employed and Young Invincibles is offering online student advocacy workshops via Google Classroom. The three-part workshop provides students with tools that help them: (1) identify decision makers in their communities, cities, and states (2) share and leverage their story to impact decision makers and (3) lead conversations by meeting with legislators and policymakers.

Students can take the free, self-paced workshop by using either of these classroom codes at fjyqsyk or wcpyceeT

For questions email Lauren Wheeler at

(Workshops appropriate for high school students but most suited for ages 18 and above.)

Help Address Systemic Barriers with Our Survey!
Do you want to help craft supportive services policy and funding that is inclusive, equitable, and flexible to help address systemic barriers that job seekers face?

Please help by designating someone at your organization to complete this Supportive Services Survey!

Participants will be entered into a raffle for a $25 Target gift card! The data from this 15 minute survey will be used to inform a Racial Equity Impact Analysis of Illinois' supportive services policies.

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the structure of work for millions of people across the United States. In this time of crisis, it is particularly important for people to know their employment rights and the protections that exist in case you or a loved one gets sick with COVID-19. Women Employed has created a comprehensive fact sheet as well as a toolkit with resources in English, Spanish, and Polish to help workers understand their leave options if they or a loved one get sick.

Take Our Ten-Minute Survey!
Do you have a few minutes to spare? As a supporter of our work, WE really need your input. Please take our 10-minute survey. It will ask you questions about how you view our current work, what issues you think are important, and what directions you’d like to see us move in. It has been an unprecedented year—and we would love your input as we move forward. As a thank you for completing the survey, you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a $20 gift card of your choosing.
WE hope you had a happy, healthy and safe Thanksgiving holiday last week. As we enter this holiday season, we are so grateful for you. You make all of our work possible. Thank you!
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