Making college affordable, accessible, and equitable are top policy priorities on Women Employed’s agenda for 2020. We are prepared for another year with a relentless focus on influencing systems that have the largest impacts on economic equity for women—especially women of color and women in low-paid occupations.
Our policy recommendations include: increasing funding for the Monetary Award Program (MAP); ensuring higher education supports single mothers; and establishing statewide post-secondary equity targets and goals to close our racial achievement gaps and position Illinois as a visible leader for educational equity.
At the same time, we will continue to strengthen career pathways to family-sustaining wages, smooth transitions to post-secondary education for low-skilled adults, and expand pathway programs—like bridges, integrated education and training programs, and Career Foundations.
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