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Tuesday Blast: What a fair shot means to me
Delivered: September 2, 2014

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September 2014 Edition


We are pleased to announce that The Sun-Times Foundation and The Chicago Community Trust will match all donations made to Chicago Foundation for Women in support of the 29th Annual Luncheon until November 28 up to a total of $25,000! Up to $1,000 can be matched per individual donation.  

This month, we asked CFW staff members, grantees, our social media community and people on the street, “What does a Fair Shot mean to you?”

Take a look at the great responses we received to “What a Fair Shot Means to Me.”

From Facebook:
Becky Beilfuss: "It means that every woman should have an equal opportunity to earn, to learn and to grow, to own, to dream, to provide for her family - on equal footing with her male counterpart."

From Twitter:
Chicago Library ‏@chipublib  
@ChiFdn4Women We want to make sure everyone -- including women & girls -- has equal access, giving opportunities to learn & succeed.

Ms. Genevieve ‏@ms_genevieve 
RT @ChiFdn4Women What does a #afairshot mean to you, personally? --> an Equal Chance at the Same Opportunities

Melissa ‏@MsMelF  
@ChiFdn4Women#afairshot to me means an equal foundation from which to pursue one's goals.

K Sujata ‏@k_sujata  
Women and men have equal rights and access to equal opportunities. #afairshot

The Cara Program ‏@motivatedbycara 
@ChiFdn4Women#afairshot to us means access to *quality* jobs for any motivated and qualified jobseeker #afairshot 

CFW Grantee, Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health

CFW grantee, Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health:This picture represents how women and girls need a fair shot by having access safe, legal, and confidential abortion services that aren't limited by laws like the forced Parental Notification of Abortion (PNA) Law in Illinois. As we are currently struggling with national decisions that limit access to contraception, any young person who can get pregnant needs unfettered access to all reproductive healthcare options. 

Thank you all for your great responses!




Cheryl Raye-Stout 

Additional Special Luncheon Guest Just Announced: Cheryl Raye-Stout
We are honored that Cheryl Raye-Stout will be joining us for the 29th Annual Luncheon! Cheryl will interview Billie Jean King at the Luncheon. Like Billie Jean King, Cheryl is a game changer. She is one of the first women to cover sports here in Chicago and has worked in the Chicago radio market for more than thirty years. Presently, she is the sports contributor for WBEZ-FM, our exclusive radio partner for the Luncheon. 

Do you have a question to ask Billie Jean King? Send Cheryl a tweet with your question using #CFWLuncheon and she may include it during her interview! Cheryl's Twitter handle is @Crayestout.

Tuesday Twitter Chat with K. Sujata: Giving Women and Girls "A Fair Shot"
Thank you to everyone who joined us for our Tuesday Twitter chat on August 19! We would like to especially thank our partner, the Chicago Public Library, for their participation in this quarter's chat. To read the engaging conversation, use

29th Annual Luncheon Sneak Peek Video
The 29th Annual Luncheon is just 2 weeks away! Because of you, this event promises to be one of the best, yet!

Watch our sneak peek video to get an exclusive peek at Billie Jean King!  And, don't forget to share the video with your networks. 


CFW in the community  

K. Sujata giving remarks at Daley Plaza

The Monument Quilt's Visit to Chicago
Chicago Foundation for Women's grantees Affinity Community ServicesChicago Women’s Health CenterMujeres Latinas en Acción and Rape Victim Advocates recently collaborated with the Chicago Taskforce on Violence Against Girls & Young Women, Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Jane M. Saks, Project NIA, and R.A.C.E.S & Young Women to bring the Monument Quilt to Daley Plaza on Tuesday, August 19. This display was part of Force: Upsetting Rape Culture’s summer tour across the country. Our President/CEO, K. Sujata gave the keynote. 

The Monument Quilt is a crowd-sourced collection of thousands of stories from survivors of rape and abuse. By stitching their stories together, they are creating and demanding public space to heal. The Monument Quilt is a platform to not only tell their stories, but work together to forever change how Americans respond to rape. They are creating a new culture where survivors are publicly supported, rather than publicly shamed.  

2014 Advocacy Academy Graduation

2014 Advocacy Academy Graduation
This year marked the third year that CFW hosted Advocacy Academy. A cohort of 22 participants representing 19 grantee organizations completed the 7 month series of workshops and assignments designed to enhance their advocacy skills. The Academy covers topics like: building relationships with legislators, engaging in local and state budgeting processes, writing op-eds and increasing diverse voices in the media and coalition building. Participants were provided with opportunities to implement their skills back at their organizations with the support of a mentor. Advocacy Academy is an important program for the CFW grantee community to build a solid advocacy base for their work and connect with other organizations committed to working in our community to support basic rights and equal opportunity for women and girls. 

Visit our Facebook page for more pictures from the event. 

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Grantees in the news 

Guy Loudon Recognized as National Leader in Workforce Development & Job Training 

Guy Loudon of JARC

Jane Addams Resource Corporation's Executive Director, Guy Loudon, recently received national recognition for his leadership.  Jane Addams Resource Corporation (JARC) is a grantee of the Eleanor Network at Chicago Foundation for Women. This month, the National Skills Coalition is highlighting JARC's Executive Director Guy Loudon in its recurring "Leadership Spotlight" series. Under Guy's leadership, JARC has experienced significant growth and national recognition for its programs. During his tenure as Executive Director, the agency budget grew by 65%, the Chicago-based programs expanded vertically to serve even more low-income jobseekers, and this year JARC launched its first geographic expansion into western Cook and DuPage Counties.

As an exemplary job training and workforce development agency, JARC was recently selected to be featured in the White House's Ready to Work Action Plan. And in July Guy attended the President's signing of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)Congratulations to Guy for this wonderful (and much deserved) recognition!

Photo Credit: Teen Parent Connection

Doula Program Helps Young Parents 
CFW grantee Teen Parent Connection is bringing more attention to how doula programs help teenage parents. Teen Parent Connection recently received a $15,000 grant from the Chicago Foundation for Women. This marks the third time the two groups have partnered on funding the doula program. 

For almost three decades, Teen Parent Connection has been aiding young mothers and young fathers throughout DuPage County. It provides support on so many fronts, from support at doctor’s visits to educational programs to baby supplies. Read the coverage of the doula program in the The Courier-News

The Global Action Day for Justice to Comfort Women
The Global Action Day for Justice to Comfort Women is an international solidarity action calling for restoration of justice for the victims of the Japanese Military Sexual Slavery during World War II. It is inspired by the Wednesday Demonstration that occurs everyday in South Korea in front of the Japanese Embassy. CFW grantees KAN- WIN (Korean American Women in Need) and Rape Victim Advocates collaborated with our partner Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women's Network on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 to commemorate and join voices to call for restoration of justice for survivors! The event was successfully broadcast on Korean news

Governor Quinn Signs Law to Assist Victims of Human Trafficking
Congratulations to CFW grantee Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (CAASE) for their successful advocacy work!  Governor Pat Quinn recently signed legislation to establish a fund that will help provide specialized services to victims of human trafficking and prostitution. The fund will use previously collected fines from criminal offenses to provide targeted services to survivors, including community based drop-in centers and emergency housing. 

Governor Quinn Signs Law to Stop Discrimination Against Pregnant Women in the Workplace
Congratulations also to Women Employed and The Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law for their successful advocacy work!  Governor Pat Quinn recently signed a landmark law that will fight the widespread but often overlooked practice of discrimination against pregnant women in the workplace. The law provides job protections for pregnant women and requires that reasonable accommodations be made in the workplace so expectant mothers can continue working without fear for their health or the health of their child.  

 Upcoming events

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

9Kickoff BBQ with the Young Women's Giving Council
18:29th Annual Luncheon featuring Billie Jean King

4, 8, 11: Board Boot Camp

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