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Tuesday Blast: The battle for equality continues
Delivered: August 5, 2014

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August 2014 Edition


 Individual tickets for the 29th Annual Luncheon are $150 and will sell-out fast! 

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Billie Jean King is a sports legend. Billie Jean is best known for defeating Bobby Riggs in the “Battle for the Sexes” match. Back in the 1970’s when King was in the news for tennis,  she could always be heard advocating for a topic we still are fighting for today: equality.

King was one of the earliest advocates for Title IX, the landmark legislation that guarantees equal access for both men and women in federally funded educational programs and activities. Shortly after the passing of Title IX, King founded the Women's Sports Foundation to improve the lives of females through sports and physical activity.

The issues that King has spent her career fighting for - equality for women in sports, access to non-traditional professions, and pay equity - are still relevant today.  At our screening and discussion at the Harold Washington Library on August 14, we explore the many ways King’s work intersects and relates with our own at Chicago Foundation for Women. Through our grant making, we invest in basic rights and equal opportunities for women and girls.  We seek to address the most pressing issues that women and girls face- economic security, violence, and access to health care - so that each and every woman and girl in Chicago has a fair shot at reaching her fullest potential.

Our grantee Girls on the Run-Chicago (GOTRC) is following King’s example.  GOTRC inspires girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. The curriculum aims to instill in each girl the attitudes and behaviors that will foster emotional and physical health throughout her lifetime.  CFW recently funded programming for middle-school girls. When is comes to giving women access a to career path traditionally held by men, ICNC or Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago is also taking its cue from Billie Jean King. Through their Emergency Medical Technician classes, women are being trained to see that a male dominated  field doesn't mean there is not a place for them there and they cannot compete and thrive. The EMT program is funded through the Eleanor Network at Chicago Foundation for Women and will also be featured at our 29th Annual Luncheon on September 18.

Just like Billie Jean King, we’ve made it our mission to create a community where all women and girls are able to achieve full equality, in all areas of their lives. Will you join us? 


Billie Jean King Trading Card Credit:
Designer: Karen Brazell 

Billie Jean King Documentary Screening and Panel Discussion Event - August 14 
Please join Chicago Foundation for Women at the Harold Washington Library for a public screening of the American Masters documentary on Billie Jean King and a panel discussion on Thursday, August 14 from 6 pm - 8 pm. This event will help us celebrate "A Fair Shot" for all women and girls with Billie Jean King at CFW's 29th Annual Luncheon on September 18!

The program will feature a 45 minute excerpt from American Masters followed by a lively panel discussion.  Panelists include moderator K. Sujata, President and CEO of Chicago Foundation for Women; Maria Finitzo,  two-time Peabody award winning social-issue documentary filmmaker; Margaret Holt, standards editor of the Chicago Tribune; Melissa Josephs, Director of Equal Opportunity Policy, Women Employed and Erika Swilley, Director of Community Relations & Operations for the Chicago Sky and President of Sky Cares. This event is free and open to the public. View additional details and register online HERE.

You can follow the conversation on Twitter using #afairshot.

Tuesday Twitter Chat with K. Sujata: Giving Women and Girls "A Fair Shot"

We hope you can join us for our third Tuesday Twitter chat! We are headed to the Twittersphere to discuss how we can give women and girls "a fair shot"!

Join us on Twitter on Tuesday, August 19 from noon- 1 pm for a Twitter chat with our President/CEO, K. Sujata. Our invited panelist are:

Follow us @ChiFdn4Women and follow Sujata at @K_Sujata. Follow the conversation on using the hashtag #afairshot.

CFW in the community

Nicole Robinson

Nicole Robinson

Chicago Council Selects 22 Emerging Leaders including CFW's Nicole Robinson
Congratulations to Nicole Robinson who was recently named as an Emerging Leader in The Chicago Council on Global Affairs' Emerging Leaders Program. As a member of the seventh class of The Chicago Council's Emerging Leaders Program, Nicole and 21 other leaders will help Chicago compete and thrive in the global era. Nicole Robinson is on the board of directors here at CFW.

Nicole works as the senior director of community involvement at Mondelēz International and president at Mondeléz Foundation. To read more about the Program and the other Emerging Leaders, click  HERE.    



Trib Nation Community Conversation

CFW and The Chicago Tribune Shine a Light on Women's Issues
Chicago Foundation for Women recently collaborated with the Chicago Tribune's office for a Trib Nation Community Conversation. The community conversation and lunch gave grantees an opportunity to talk about issues facing women and girls in Chicago. CFW grantees met with the Chicago Tribune's and the RedEye's reporters and editorial staff. Grantees discussed the issues they believe deserve more coverage and attention in the Chicago community. Read more about the event HERE and view pictures on Facebook.  

2014 Grantee Showcase

2014 Grantee Showcase
On Wednesday, July 9 members of Chicago Foundation for Women's Giving Councils, Board of Directors, Alumnae Council, and Eleanor Network Advisory Council joined other CFW supporters at the Annual Grantee Showcase. The event, which was hosted at Northern Trust, was an opportunity for members of CFW's community to network with the Giving Council and Emerging Organization grantees. Funds for CFW’s Giving Council grantees are raised by and grantees are chosen by three affinity groups (LBTQ, Women of Color and Young Women’s). Emerging Organization grants are given to organizations with annual operating budgets under $75,000.

Thank you to the following grantees who attended the event: About Face Theatre, Arab American Family Services, Chicago Desi Youth Rising, Dreamcatcher Foundation, Family Rescue, GirlForward, Polished Pebbles, Project Fierce, The Viola Project, Women's Media Group and Yoga for Recovery.


CFW's Staff at
Chicago's City Hall

Sick Time Petition Drop
Chicago Foundation joined with grantee Women Employed and other local organizations to drop 25,000 signatures collected in support of the Chicago sick time ordinance to Mayor Rahm Emanuel at city hall on July 31. 

The signatures were collected from a national online campaign (WeAreUltraViolet) and Chicagoans to support paid sick days for all Chicagoans. Specifically, the online signatures were collected to support a mother who was fired from Whole Foods for taking time off to care for her son during the polar vortex. Read the official media alert HERE.

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Grantees in the news

Progressive Media's Successful Op-Ed Training with Grantees
Chicago Foundation for Women recently offered a special full day op-ed training workshop for CFW grantees. The Progressive Media Project led the writing workshop. Op-ed writing is an extremely efficient and effective way to influence public opinion and policy. Millions of people across the country often read the same op-ed and policy makers use op-eds as a way of gauging public attention to issues.

Grantees immediately went to work and drafted op-eds that have been placed in publications all throughout the US. To date, here are the op-ed placements they have received:

CLAIM Featured on Windy City Live
Alexis Mansfield, a supervising lawyer for CFW grantee CLAIM, a program of Cabrini Green Legal Aid, was recently featured as part of Windy City Live's feature special called "Mom Behind Bars." Alexis spoke about the specifics of a woman and guardianship of her children when she is sent to jail. Watch the full interview HERE

US Doing What It Can to Deport Families ASAP 
Mary Meg McCarthy, executive director of CFW grantee National Immigrant Justice Center was recently on MSNBC's "All In with Chris Hayes." Mary Meg discussed her concerns about the legal rights of immigrant children and families, saying, "Our laws provide for due process protections for individuals seeking safety on our shores, and yet what we're doing is expediting these processes and denying individual access to counsel and a meaningful day in court." Watch the full interview HERE.    

Jamillah Muhammad with her son Paul Bryson III, 4, (left) and daughter Janiya Bryson, 5, at their home in Chicago. | Michael Schmidt/Sun-Times

Women at Work: Balancing Life’s Load as Electricians
Chicago Women in Trades, a grantee of the Eleanor Network at Chicago Foundation for Women, was highlighted in the Chicago Sun-Times. The article discusses the difficulty of women entering construction trades. Featured in the article is the story of Jamillah Muhammad and other longtime female construction workers. Muhammad has worked in the field for nearly two decades and run crews of up to 40 workers. Read the full article HERE.

Sex Trafficking Survivor Challenges Hip-Hop Stars to Not Glorify Strippers
CFW grantee The Dreamcatchers Foundation was recently profiled on FOX 32 News. Brenda Myers-Powell, who advocates for prostituted people said that those who glorify the sex trade should also pay the fines imposed against pimps, traffickers and customers. Watch the full interview HERE.

Pair behind Deborah’s Place fight never-ending battle against homelessness
Audrey Thomas and Kathy Booton Wilson of Deborah's Place, a grantee of the Eleanor Network at  Chicago Foundation for Women, were both recently spotlighted in the Chicago Tribune's Remarkable Women feature. Read more about their story HERE.  

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