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Monday, October 8, 2018

The Speak Truth Summit: October 20 - 21

The Impact Alliance, Chicago Foundation for Women, Chicago State University, Women Employed, Arab American Family Services, and Chicago Black Women in Tech invite you to attend the inaugural #SpeakTruth Summit on October 20 and 21, 2018, at Chicago State University. The #SpeakTruth Summit is a platform by and for women of color to identify, address, and heal from the issues affecting them in particular and disproportionate ways in the various systems they operate and live within. The #SpeakTruth panels, workshops, and plenary sessions are designed with a focus on empowering women and equipping them with the concrete action steps, connections, and knowledge to thrive, not just survive, in their day-to-day lives. For more information and/or purchase tickets, please visit ! No tickets will be sold at the door, all tickets must be purchased online prior to October 15, 2018. We hope to count you among us!"

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Native American Women's Equal Pay Day

September 27th is Native American Women’s Equal Pay Day. This means it takes almost 10 extra months within the 2018 calendar year for a Native American woman to make what a white male made in 2017 alone. On average, Native American women make just 57 cents to a white man’s dollar. However, as we get closer to Native American Women’s Equal Pay Day, we can't seem to omit a more sensitive issue plaguing Native communities. At a significant rate, indigenous women are exposed to violence and reported missing. 

Native American communities suffer from economic development disadvantages due to geographic isolation. Reported by the Navajo Times, “Native people face disproportionate rates of unemployment, of poverty, and a fairly high incidence of domestic violence.” Thus, Native American women are predisposed to low wages and limited protection and security. Compared to other groups of women, Native American women are ranked among the highest groups that are suffering from insufficient pay making them far more susceptible to the ills of discrimination.

Visit The Native American Women Equal Pay Day Awareness Project's website to learn more.

Monday, September 3, 2018

Lean In Women of Color: Recipient of 2018 Make It Great Award

Over the past year, we have been introducing equal pay day conversations to our communities to create awareness about the pay gap and how it affects women of color. In November 2017, we introduced the Latina's Equal Pay Day Commemoration Project, a website which discloses how the pay gap impacts Latinas and features leaders across diverse industries. We reached out to these leaders to contribute their advice to inspire more women and girls to leadership. 

In December 2017, in partnership with the Lean In Ohio chapter,  we facilitated a free Unconscious Bias workshop for the Dayton Community. On August 7, 2018, we organized the Black Women’s Equal Pay Day conversation featuring women experts from various industries within the Chicago community and streamed the event live for our international Facebook group.

This year at Lean In’s 2018 regional leaders conference, Lean In Women of Color was honored with Lean In’s 2018 “Make it Great" award. We would like to thank our fellow Lean In leaders for being partners and supporters. We would also like to thank the national Lean In/ Option B team for their gracious support!

In 2019, our mission is to expand Lean In women of Color conversations by launching more circles in partnership with other Lean In chapters across the country and abroad.

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