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January 2011 Edition

CFW's Free Voter Education Events
for the Chicago Elections
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Tues., Feb. 15: Mayoral Candidate Forum on Violence Against Women, Girls & LGBTQ People, 6-7:30 p.m. at Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams

Thurs., Feb. 17: ABC 7 Mayoral Candidate Debate, airing live 7-8 p.m.

Reminder: Spring 2011 Grant Applications Due This Friday, 5 p.m.

Submit your spring 2011 grant applications by Friday, January 14 at 5 p.m. Visit our Apply for a Grant webpage for all the details.

CFW in the Spotlight

CFW grantee Girls in the Game features Gail Ludewig, our board chair, in a story about the importance of funding girls' programs.

In race for mayor, women count 
K. Sujata, CFW's new president, explains why caring about the Chicago election and caring about women are the same thing.

Ever since Mayor K. Sujata headshot by Iwona BeidermanRichard M. Daley announced in September that he wouldn't run for a seventh term, the next mayor has been the hot topic in Chicago media, and around every dinner table and water cooler. Smart candidates should know that to win, they have to listen to women. Consider that women are 51.5% of the city's population yet make up 53% of registered voters--and in the last municipal election in 2007, 55.6% of voters were women.

Policies that benefit women also help families, schools and businesses--when you help women, you help our entire community. The next mayor can improve Chicago by keeping women’s needs central to policies related to criminal justice, public education, housing, city jobs and contracts, child care, rape and domestic violence, just to name a few.

That is why Chicago Foundation for Women is stepping forward this election season.

First, on Feb. 15, we invite all the candidates to a nonpartisan public forum focused on ending violence against women, girls and LGBTQ people. Violence against these groups results in serious barriers to their finishing school, keeping jobs and maintaining stable housing, let alone living healthy and productive lives. Allison Cuddy, host of Chicago Public Radio's Eight Forty-Eight, will moderate the panel that CFW is co-sponsoring with Center on Halsted, Chicago Alliance Against Sexual ExploitationChicago Metropolitan Battered Women's Network and Rape Victim Advocates--all longtime grantees and local experts. We hope you can join us from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Chicago-Kent College of Law.

In addition, ABC 7 has invited CFW and many leading community organizations to help guide an hour-long mayoral candidate debate that will air live at 7 p.m. on Feb. 17. The partnering organizations represent myriad interests including arts and culture, social justice, civic leadership and local business. We hope that lending our voice will put women at the forefront of that debate.

Whatever the outcome of this election, I hope the next mayor invests in women and girls to ensure that Chicago remains a world-class city.

To vote on Feb. 22, be sure you are registered--at your current address--by Tuesday, Jan. 25.

State budget cuts will hurt women
Map of Illinois with dollar signThe Center for Tax and Budget Accountability's new report shows how Illinois budget cuts will fall squarely on the shoulders of women. In "Gender Disparity in Human Services" (PDF), funded in part by a CFW grant, CTBA notes that a $9 billion revenue shortfall guarantees cuts to human services. "Women--both directly due to losing access to services, and indirectly due to losing employment providing these services--are likely to bear the brunt of a substantial portion of human service budget cuts," the report says. The cuts would affect services for domestic and sexual violence survivors, family planning, teen parents, children and homelessness. Read coverage of the report at Progress Illinois.

Stay cozy at our winter events
Tuesday, Jan 18: Sip wine, nibble cheese and mingle with friends. The African American Leadership Council of CFW is hosting a Winter Wine Tasting at WineStyles, 1433 W. Belmont from 6 to 8 p.m. For $20, sample six wines along with Cabot Creamery cheeses. Proceeds support the council's Sojourner Fund.

Friday, Jan. 21: Take in art that stands against violence. Come to the free opening reception at the Chicago Cultural Center for Off the Beaten Path: Violence, Women and Art, an international Off the Beaten Path exhibit postermultimedia art exhibit. Chicago Foundation for Women is proud to be a sponsor and Community Ally of an exhibit that compellingly combines art and social justice for women. Complementary public programming is being organized by three CFW grantees: the Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women & Gender in the Arts & Media, Rape Victim Advocates and The Voices and Faces Project, along with a strong group of Community Allies.

8th Annual Breaking Barriers Awards invitation, by nikhil trivediFriday, Jan: 21: Nominate Asian women transforming education. This is the last day to nominate Asian and Asian American women for the 8th Annual Breaking Barriers Awards. Nominees can be women who are bringing new ideas into a traditional classroom, leading groundbreaking after-school programs, or developing new public policy to make higher education more accessible--just to name a few examples. Save the date: The Asian American Leadership Council will present the awards at a cocktail reception on Thursday, April 14. Sponsorships are available now from $3,000 to $100--to become a sponsor, contact Marisol Ybarra at or (312) 577-2836.

Kudos for CFW family
Rosazlia Grillier (below left), a volunteer with grantee Community Organizing and Family Issues (COFI), Rosazlia Grillier stands outside Woods Academyis one of four 2011 Allstate Give Back Day Heroes, volunteers in African American communities across the country who exemplify the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Rose is a leader in POWER-PAC (Parents Organized to Win, Educate and Renew – PAC), a COFI-organized group of diverse parents and grandparents who create better opportunities for their children. Watch a video of the honorees on YouTube (you can skip ahead to Rose's segment at 3:22). 

The 2011 ATHENA Leadership Awards will honor two women close to CFW's heart: Isa Ellis, member of both our board of directors and the African American Leadership Council, and Anne Ladky, executive director of grantee Women Employed and 2010 Impact Awards honoree. Congratulations!

Tina Tchen, member of CFW’s Alumnae Council, has been selected by Michelle Obama to be her Chief of Staff, the L.A. Times reports. Tina will also continue to serve as the executive director of the White House Council on Women and Girls, created by President Obama in 2008.

Grantees in the news 
Marca Bristo, president of grantee Access Living and 2010 Impact Awards honoree, tells the Chicago Tribune about the experiences of people with disabilities at airport security checks.

Gail Smith, executive director of grantee Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers, explains how children are affected when their parents go to prison in a Northwest Indiana Times story.

Grantee Lookingglass Theater's play "Trust" is one of the top 5 dramas of 2010 according to WBEZ. The play touches on issues of sexual violence online, and counselors from grantee Rape Victim Advocates were stationed in the lobby after each performance to offer support and community education.

Upcoming events
Visit our website calendar to see all our upcoming programs and events.

JAN. 14 (Fri.): Deadline: Spring 2011 Grant Applications, delivered by 5 p.m.
JAN. 18 (Tue.): Winter Wine Tasting to benefit the Sojourner Fund, 6-8 p.m.
JAN. 21 (Fri.): Deadline: 8th Annual Breaking Barriers Awards Nominations, 5 p.m.
JAN. 21 (Sat.): Off the Beaten Path opening reception, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
JAN 26 (Wed.): Building an Asian Pacific Islander Reproductive Justice Movement
     with the Asian American Leadership Council, 5:30-7 p.m.
JAN. 31 (Mon.): The Great Divide: Women of Color, Cancer, and the Price of Survival,
     5:30 p.m.
FEB. 3 (Thurs.): Morsels of Wisdom: A Night of Mentoring with the Young Women's
     Leadership Council, 6-8 p.m.
FEB. 15 (Tues.): Chicago Mayoral Candidates Forum: Violence Against Women, 
     Girls and LGBTQ People
, 6-7:30 p.m.
FEB. 17 (Thurs.): ABC 7 Live Mayoral Candidate Debate, 7-8 p.m.

The Last Word: Scalia vs. Equality
Scales of justiceIn an interview with California Lawyer magazine, Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia said that the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment does not prohibit discrimination based on sex.

Our last word: That's easy to think if you don't consider women to be people. To avoid this mix-up in the future, let's guarantee sexual equality by finally passing the Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution--a cause that Scalia's remarks have reignited. Read about the ERA's purpose and history in Women's eNews (and note that Illinois is one of 15 states holding up its passage).