Women make up over half of the Illinois population, and fare
worse on almost every indicator of well-being than men:
- Black and Latina women in Illinois experience
poverty at rates two to three times higher than white men.
- For every dollar earned by white men in
Illinois, white women earn 76 cents, black women earn 63 cents, and Latina
women earn 50 cents.
- Two in five female-headed families in Illinois
pay over half of their income in rent, compared to one in five male-headed
families and 15% of married couple families.
Investing in gender equity would help not only women and
gender non-conforming people and their families, but the economy as well. Ending
the gender wage gap would reduce working women’s poverty rates by more than
half and boost the Illinois economy by over $20 billion.
Read our latest Report on
Illinois Poverty today to see our new analysis of gender and poverty
in Illinois and learn more and listen
to this story from WBEZ to hear from our research director about
Women's History Month: Looking to the Future
Six Women Working to Build a Better Future for ALL
This women’s history month, we want to reflect on the accomplishments
of women in our past who have broken down barriers and fostered opportunity.
Women like Ida B. Wells—journalist, educator and NAACP founder—or Lucy Hicks
Anderson, one of the earliest fighters for marriage equality in the United
States. Women like them have paved the way for equity and opportunity for
women, and while we will continue to celebrate our past sheroes, we also want
to look forward. We want to look to the future and lift up the women who are
working to not only make the world a more equitable and just place for other
women, but for ALL.
We want to highlight women who have been working to build a
prosperous, safe, and equitable society for all through various ways—activism,
research, leadership, and more. They are just some of the many women continuing
the work of those who came before them, so that they can better the future for ALL
who will come next.
our blog post to view the list and learn more about these dynamic leaders
Supporting Women & Families by Strengthening TANF
Keeping a Crucial Support Available
The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program
provides cash assistance to families with children living in extreme poverty.
TANF is a lifeline for women and their families struggling to meet their basic
needs. This week, HB3129, which would make TANF sactions rare and fair, passed
out of committee during Illinois legislative session and is on its way to the
We need legislation that support women and their families and this
bill strengthens TANF by making key program fixes that will help ensure that
fewer Illinois families experience extreme hardship.
more about HB3129 and the policies we are looking to pass in Springfield this
Creating Access to Jobs & Opportunities for Women & Families
jobseekers face personal or structural barriers to employment that can make it
challenging to get, keep, and advance in work. Research shows that most
individuals who are receiving public assistance through the Temporary
Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) Program—mostly women with children—face at
least one barrier to employment and many face multiple barriers. These
individuals need robust and effective employment, training, education, and
support services in order to truly access pathways to economic opportunity—and
this is why coordination between TANF and the public workforce system funded
through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) matters.
We are currently working on behalf of the United
States Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and
Families Office of Family Assistance to prepare an online toolkit for
TANF programs and stakeholders focused on supporting states and
communities in building stronger collaboration between the TANF and
Watch your inbox for updates.
Click here to access
some of our other resources focused on supporting planning and implementation
Click here to access
some of our other resources focused on TANF.
In Case You Missed It
Submit Your Organization's Comments to #ProtectSNAP
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has proposed federal rule changes that, by its
own estimates, would take away food assistance from more than 750,000 people. This
is yet another move that takes away resources from people who have faced
systemic racism, underinvestment, and historical inequities. Submit your
comments by April 2nd! Tell the administration that SNAP plays a critical role
in addressing hunger and food insecurity in our communities.
Submit your comment today
Apply for the Pathways Forward Challenge by April 2
Our National Initiatives on Poverty & Economic Opportunity
have extended the deadline for proposals to be submitted for the Pathways
Forward Challenge. This challenge will support up to five communities in
advancing systems change ideas that increase employment among people
experiencing homelessness. Selected communities will receive financial
resources, technical assistance, and connections to peer learning opportunities
in order to implement their ideas over a two and a half year project period.
more and submit your proposal