Guest Post: Chicago-Based Organization Women Employed Celebrates 35 Years

Here at Identity Theory, we're continually impressed by the work in which community organizers, groups and non-profit organizations engage. They're the change agents, taking small steps in their own communities and taking their causes nationwide.

This is the first, I hope, in a series of guest posts from people at the center of these causes.

logo top 781534The first post comes from from Lauri Apple at Chicago-based Women Employed, an organization that has fought to outlaw pay discrimination, pregnancy discrimination and sexual harassment and to strengthen federal equal opportunity policies and work/family benefits. They've also connected thousands of women to education and training that lead to better jobs.

"For 35 years, Women Employed has been fighting for fair and equal economic opportunities for women.

To celebrate its efforts and achievements (and its birthday!), the Chicago-based nonprofit commissioned a video that summarizes its history and recent initiatives. Available at, the video features archival photos of Women Employed's early years, when women were commonly believed to make better filers, and brew better coffee, than men, as well as interviews with Women Employed Executive Director Anne Ladky, U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, and other women leaders.

The eight-minute clip also includes interviews with low-income working women, the focus of current Women Employed efforts such as advocating for paid sick days legislation and greater access to education. To learn more about Women Employed's mission and 35th birthday activities, visit"

-Laurie Apple, Communications Associate, Women Employed-

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