Chicago Foundation for Women Kicks off Fourth Annual Talk It Out
March 08 2019

Weeklong conversation series asks residents to share their vision for an equitable Chicago region

Today, in honor of International Women’s Day, Chicago Foundation for Women (CFW) kicked off the fourth annual Talk It Out. Running March 8 – 15, Talk It Out is a weeklong, region-wide conversation series designed to spark understanding about gender bias and creative solutions to build an equitable Chicago region.

In advance of the historic mayoral election in Chicago, CFW asks women and men, girls and boys, to share their vision for an equitable Chicago region, in which we all have the opportunity to thrive.

Talk It Out began as a series of conversations asking residents what the biggest challenges facing women and girls are, and what we need to solve them,” CFW President/CEO K. Sujata said. “As Chicago prepares for the start of a new chapter with the election of the first Black woman mayor next month, we are encouraging conversations imagining what truly equitable Chicago communities would look and feel like.”

Over 80 conversations will be held throughout the week. Hosts include the Women’s Business Development Center, Latino Union, the Jewish Women’s Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago, Illinois State Representative Robyn Gabel and the Illinois Psychological Association.

Individuals and organizations can sign up to host at Hosts receive a toolkit with questions to start the conversation and tips and tricks to make hosting fun and easy. Community members can join in the conversation on social media using the hashtag #TalkItOut, and participate in a Twitter chat on Wednesday, March 13 at 12 p.m.

In 2018, over 130 groups from Englewood to Edgewater sat down to have conversations about gender bias as part of Talk It Out. In a post-conversation survey, 78 percent of respondents said Talk It Out changed the actions they will take at home and at work to challenge and interrupt gender bias. Talk It Out was launched as part of CFW’s 100% Project, an all-out, all-in effort to increase women’s economic security and to end gender bias in the metropolitan Chicago region. Since 2015, CFW has sparked over 270 conversations about gender equity across the Chicago region.


About Chicago Foundation for Women

Chicago Foundation for Women invests in women and girls as catalysts, building strong communities for all. CFW funds organizations working to solve the biggest problems facing women and girls: economic insecurity, violence, and access to health care and information. In addition to grantmaking, CFW invests in developing women leaders and advocates, and brings together diverse coalitions to collaborate, share resources and develop solutions. To learn more, visit