Tuesday Blast: Make A difference This week

Chicago Foundation for Women's Weekly eUpdate

The week of April 17-23, 2007
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As the Tuesday Blast went to bed, information was still unfolding about the deadly shooting at the Virginia Tech campus. But police mentioned a “domestic situation” behind the shootings that killed at least 33 people. It’s important to remember that violence against women and girls is a public health issue affecting us all—and we are in the midst of an epidemic. 
  • More than three women are killed each day by an intimate partner. (Bureau of Justice Statistics Crime Data Brief, February 2003)

  • There are about 30,000 domestic violence orders of protection in effect on any given day for women and girls—that’s 30,000 women who have gone to court to get a civil stay-away order. (Illinois State Police, 2007)
Our yearlong anti-violence initiative
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Help end human trafficking in Illinois by joining Chicago Foundation for Women’s outreach team on May 5. We will hang posters, distribute flyers and raise awareness in downtown Chicago. VOLUNTEER WITH US...
Abstinence-only education? In our analysis of the current state budget proposal, we called for Illinois to forego abstinence-only money programs as it is money down the drain and actually harmful to children and teenagers. A major report released Friday finds abstinence-only programs have no effect on teens’ sexual behavior, according to Mathematica Policy Research.
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Earned Income Tax Credit: Support Illinois Senate Bill 12 and raise the EITC. We are part of the Make Work Pay campaign which is trying to remedy that low-income, working families already bear an unfairly large share of state and local taxes. About 765,000 low-income, Illinois working families—many of whom are single mothers and children--benefited from the EITC last year. But the formula is set at only 5 percent of the federal EITC, the lowest in the nation. If taxes are increased this spring, families should receive even more EITC help than SB12 envisions.

Civil unions: Support Illinois House Bill 1826. This would extend Illinois’ state spousal benefits to civil union partners, including emergency medical decision making, domestic violence protections, tax relief and public assistance.

Women and Children First: The bookstore needs our help. This is a Chicago institution and one of the few places for too many years that feminist were able to been able to find different voices, books, literature and music. Competition from the large chains is eating away at this North Side business. So, stop in, visit online, buy a book, show your support to keep it open.

Put yourself first: Latinas are three times more likely to develop advanced breast cancer than non-Latinas, according to a study released this week. Latinas are also twice as likely to develop larger tumors and are often diagnosed at a younger age than other women.

What is missing?
We add perspective to recent headlines
  • The story: The Sunday New York Times story “The Designer Who Liked Models” details the story of Anand Jon charged last month “by the district attorney’s office in Los Angeles County with 32 counts of rape, sexual battery, lewd acts on a child and other ugly crimes, against a dozen women — all models — aged 14 to 23.” Ronald Richards, Jon’s defense lawyer, said this is a case of thwarted expectations: the young women had sought to trade sex for a career in fashion. “You can’t fault a man if women throw themselves at him.” Read the story.

    What it didn’t say: Rape is a crime—that’s not a debate. The story acts as though this is a fashion discussion—it appeared in the Fashion and Style section—and although there is quote about Jon fitting the mold of a “sexual predator,” most of the story approaches the issue as a salacious Hollywood sex scandal instead of a series of sex crimes committed against young vulnerable women and girls by an older man in a position of power.

  • The story: Dawn Turner Trice's Monday column wrote about Don Imus’ firing and the charges being dropped against the Duke University lacrosse team. Ms. Trice talks about women disrespected in rap lyrics by artists like Snoop Dogg.

    What it didn’t say: Actually, there is not much missing here. We liked Ms. Trice’s column and connections. But we wanted to remind readers that when it comes to degrading lyrics that have to do with violence or silence of women, it’s not just rap. Have you listened to the Rolling Stones’ lyrics lately? “Under My Thumb.” Or Weezer? “No One Else.” Or Nickelback? “Figured You Out.” We could go on and on.
In case you missed it

Hannah Rosenthal, the Foundation's executive director, celebrated the Seder with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and other Washington officials while traveling with her family in Israel during Passover. Rosenthal led the Seder and had her family and Congresspeople alike read passages. Read the article.

We had two mid-week email updates you may have missed.

  • Our mid-week supplement to the April 10 Tuesday Blast discusses Keroack’s and Horn’s resignations, shares our letter on Don Imus and promotes an upcoming movie preview. Click here to view it online.
  • We responded to Friday’s Sun Times cover story on a comedian who appeared in our “What Will It Take?” PSAs but whose act disparages women. His line in the PSAs? “I have to change the way I talk.” We agree. Read our response.

We carried on our “What Will It Take?” public awareness campaign from April 10 to 16:

  • April 10 through 13: ads in the Chicago Sun-Times Business section
  • April 11 in the Windy City Times
  • April 16 in the Chicago Tribune
  • Ads continue to run on the backs of CTA buses and at train stations, including Diversey on the brown line.
  • Ads will appear this week in Hoy, The Courier, Illinois Times, Peoria Journal Star, Rockford Register Star and The Southern Illinoisan.
  • University newspapers will also feature ads this week, including: Northwestern University, Southern Illinois University - Carbondale, Triton College, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, College of DuPage, Illinois College, Illinois State University, John A. Logan College, Moraine Valley Community College and Rend Lake College.
  • Don't forget to email if you see or hear a "What Will It Take?" ad anywhere in Illinois. You will be entered in a drawing for a free t-shirt.

The Men's Initiative drew Fox Chicago to interview well-meaning men on why they should speak out on violence against all women and girls. The story aired Wednesday, April 9 during the 9 p.m. news. Watch the video online.

Catch up on more at our Press Room or our Past Events page at or our News page on

Mark your calendar

For more programs and events see our calendar page or the "What Will It Take?" statewide events page.

What you should do
  • WHERE HAVE YOU SEEN “WHAT WILL IT TAKE?” If you see our PSAs on TV or hear them on the radio, or if you see one of our ads in newspapers, on buses or on billboards, email saying when and where the ad appeared. We will enter you in a drawing for a t-shirt and a few surprises. Please include your name and a daytime phone number.

  • Speakers bureau: Want a free speaker to come and tell you or your organization about “What Will It Take?” Contact Laura Fletcher at (312) 577-2824 or More about the speakers bureau...

  • JULY 12 tickets to "The Color Purple" in Chicago on sale now, to benefit the Sojourner Fund of the African American Leadership Council.
  • JUNE 13: The 2007 Impact Awards, in Chicago

  • SEPT. 11: The Foundation's 22nd Annual Luncheon and Symposium, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago

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