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July 1-7, 2008

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Swing into summer with golf
Jennifer Chamberlin golfingThe U.S. Women's Open ended this past weekend with Inbee Park, 19, winning by four strokes to become the youngest champion in the event’s history. And golf fans are still buzzing about three-time champion Annika Sorenstam ending her U.S. Women’s Open career with an eagle on her final shot, the Associated Press reports. She has said she's retiring at the end of the year to start a family. 

And we have our own buzz for Thursday, July 31, when The Fairway Network hosts its Annual Charity Golf Tournament to benefit Chicago Foundation for Women. Join us at Ruffled Feathers Golf Club in Lemont for an afternoon shotgun start and an evening of networking and entertainment, including a silent auction. Golfers of all skill levels are welcome. Register online now and golf with us on July 31.

Above left: Foundation supporter Jennifer Chamberlin at the 2007 tournament at Winfield's Klein Creek Golf Club.

Tuesday Stars

Last year Korean American Resource and Cultural Center launched a first-of-its-kind research program to address the needs of Korean immigrant women workers. Through the Workplace Justice Campaign’s Women’s Workplace Justice Program (funded in part by a Foundation grant), KRCC will interview 100 women workers, then start an organizing campaign based on their findings. Preliminary surveys show the need for more community education: KRCC found that “60 percent of Korean employers surveyed didn’t know the minimum wage,” and 75 percent “didn’t know federal labor protections extend to non-U.S. citizens,” the Chicago Tribune reported. Kat K. Choi, KRCC’s associate director, says, “Compared to the crucial roles these immigrant women play in their families, at workplaces and in the community, their voices are rarely heard. We plan to develop women workers’ leadership based on issues they identified: health care, child care, flexible work hours and family emergency time-offs.” 

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Analysis: Spotlight on Pride
This year Chicago’s Dyke March made a stand for diversity in Pilsen. Until this year, the march Detail from Chicago Dyke March 2008 flyerhad been in the majority-white Andersonville neighborhood, but organizers this year changed the location change to embrace a wider community of lesbian, bisexual, queer and transgender people. As Time Out Chicago noted, the move to Pilsen followed LGBT community meetings and overcame resistance—even racism—from some supporters. Visit the Dyke March on MySpace.

Congress held its first-ever hearing on transgender issues—specifically on workplace discrimination. In The Advocate, American Civil Liberties Union senior legislative counsel Christopher Anders said, “In America, it should be hard work, education, skills and experience that determine our success in the job market.” This hearing gives hope that Congress may include gender identity in future legislation. We remember when the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, or ENDA, passed the House last year as HR 3685 with protections based on sexual orientation but not gender identity (from Nov. 13, 2007 Tuesday Blast). 

Two lesbians jailed for assaulting a man who was sexually harassing them have had their convictions overturned. Known as the scales of justice“New Jersey Four,” the young women say Dwayne Buckle, a heterosexual man, made unwanted sexual advances in New York’s West Village, and they defended themselves when he refused to back off. Their sentences ranged from three-and-a-half to 11 years, according to Gay City News in New York. Terrain Dandridge and Renata Hill won their appeals: Both women’s second-degree gang assault convictions were overturned, but Hill may be tried again for her third-degree assault charge. Appeals for Patreese Johnson and Venice Brown are pending. The Feministe blog has a detailed history of the case with links to the many women-of-color bloggers who have covered it.

“Don’t ask, don’t tell” discharges more women military personnel than men. Women are 15 percent of the armed forces yet represent half of Army and Air Force women's silhouettes in rainbow colorsdischarges under this policy, according to Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, a policy advocacy organization. The Pentagon had released the 2007 “don’t ask, don’t tell” discharges without a gender breakdown, so the Network requested and compiled the statistics themselves. The New York Times wrote, “Advocacy groups say that 65,000 gay men and lesbians serve in the American armed forces and that there are more than one million gay veterans.”

Foundation news

Fall 2008 grants announcement: Chicago Foundation for Women is pleased to announce two opportunities for grants in fall 2008: The Irene Bayrach Anti-Violence Legacy Fund and the Catalyst Fund for Reproductive Justice. The request for proposals and deadlines for these two funds are posted on our grants page. Please note that because of these special opportunities, General and Sophia Fund grants will be suspended through December 2008. Executive Director Discretionary opportunities will still remain available. Inquiries can be directed to Aparna Sharma, program officer, at (312) 577-2814 or

Illinois Elder Economic Security Initiative press conferenceU.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D, IL-9) talks about older women’s poverty at a June 23 press conference at our offices. Members of the Illinois Elder Economic Security Initiative, including the Foundation, released the Illinois Elder Economic Security Standard Index, showing the minimum income an elder person needs to get by. That bare-bones figure is still far higher than federal poverty guidelines and the average Social Security income. Wider Opportunities for Women (WOW) heads the national effort, and Health and Medicine Policy Research Group leads the state coalition. Learn more at WOW’s Illinois resource page. Left to right: Claudia Fegan, Joan Kuriansky, Laura Henze Russell, Rep. Schakowsky, Anna Rappaport and Mary F. Morten. Not pictured: Martha Holstein.

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Rallying cry for AIDS relief: "Pass PEPFAR now!"HIV/AIDS red ribbon

Last Thursday, Foundation supporters joined a Chicago rally to demand the Senate pass $50 billion in foreign funding for HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention—the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, or PEPFAR. The American Medical Student Association led chants as demonstrators held signs outside Federal Center Plaza. Two representatives visited the offices of Senators Durbin and Obama, who support the bill, to ask them to push for a vote on PEPFAR. Seven Republican senators are preventing a vote on the bill because of its cost (from the May 20 Tuesday Blast). Later that day, negotiations looked promising with one of the blockers, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), but the block on the bill remains. See a video of the rally from the AIDS Foundation of Chicago.

Also that day, PEPFAR released a report: Since 2003 it “has supported prevention of mother-to-child-transmission for women during more than 12.7 million pregnancies” and prevented “transmission of HIV to an estimated 194,000 infants,” according to the Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report.

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Our website calendar lists all our programs, events and cosponsorships.

In the spotlight
JULY 17 (Thu.): Trivia Night at T's Bar (with Young Women's Leadership Council), 6:30-9 p.m.
JULY 23 (Wed.): Mix and Mingle (with Lesbian Leadership Council), 6-9 p.m.

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