The Working Lunch

"Women are the most powerful force for change in the country right now."

Ai-jen Poo, at The Working Lunch

Women Employed was born in 1973, when a group of Chicago women came together to fight for women’s rights in the workplace, and went on to win major victories both locally and nationally. Today, Women Employed is leveraging our history to propel us towards our vision of economic equity for all women.

From left: Laura S. Washington, Andrea Pino, Ai-jen Poo, and Mónica Ramírez.

On the heels of the Illinois legislature's passage of the Equal Rights Amendment, more than 1,000 individuals, and leaders from the civic and business communities joined Women Employed on May 31st to celebrate our legacy of making change for working women.


Our panelists, some of the key figures of today's women's movement, took to the stage for a vibrant discussion on how we ALL can speak up for gender equity in the workplace and beyond. See photos from the day on WE's Facebook page »

Sharing Our Vision for Women's Equity & Justice  
Meet Today's Changemakers 

This year, thousands spoke out to say #MeToo and #TimesUp. With their decades of organizing and advocacy experience, our featured panelists are empowering all women to raise their voices and fight for equity and respect in the workplace. You have seen them on the red carpet at the Golden Globes, on national news, in magazines, and on college campuses…Now see them in Chicago at The Working Lunch
Ai-jen Poo is an award-winning activist, thought leader, social innovator, and a leading voice on domestic workers’ rights and family care advocacy. She is the recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” Award, one of’s 50 World’s Greatest Leaders, and recently joined Meryl Streep on the red carpet at the Golden Globes to say #TimesUp. Ai-jen is Co-Founder and Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, and Co-Director of Caring Across Generations.
Mónica Ramírez is a long-time advocate, organizer, and attorney fighting to eliminate gender-based violence and promote gender equity. Mónica authored an open letter to Hollywood published in TIME magazine which sparked the creation of #TimesUp, which has raised more than $20 million to support lower-income women seeking legal justice. Mónica is the co-founder and President of Alianza Nacional de Campesinas, the first national farmworker women’s organization in the U.S.
Andrea Pino is co-founder of the national survivor advocacy organization End Rape on Campus, co-author of “We Believe You: Survivors of Campus Sexual Assault Speak Out,” and the new Digital Strategy and Communications Manager for the National Center for Lesbian Rights. Pino was one of the first college students to publicly file a Title IX complaint against a university for mishandling her sexual assault report, leading to similar complaints and investigations nationwide. Her work and personal journey is prominently featured in the Emmy-nominated film, The Hunting Ground.

Laura S. Washington is a Chicago Sun-Times columnist and political analyst for ABC-7 Chicago. Previously she was the longtime editor and publisher of The Chicago Reporter, a nationally recognized investigative monthly specializing in racial issues and urban affairs.






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