Chicago Foundation for Women Kicks Off Second Annual Talk It Out March 26 – April 1
March 27 2017

Weeklong series encourages honest conversations about ending gender bias

(March 27, 2017) – This week, March 26 – April 1, Chicago Foundation for Women (CFW) presents the second annual Talk It Out, a weeklong, region-wide conversation series designed to spark understanding about gender bias. Talk It Out creates spaces where people can share their stories and experiences, as well as their ideas and solutions for challenging gender bias in their lives, work and organizations.

“Honest conversation about the ways in which bias impacts our lives is the first step to ending gender bias,” CFW President and CEO K. Sujata said. “By having these conversations, we hope that people will identify areas of unconscious bias within their own lives, and identify ways to challenge those biases in order to build fair and equitable communities.”

Talk It Out was launched in 2016 as part of CFW’s 100% Project, an all-in, all-out effort to increase women’s economic security and put an end to gender bias in metropolitan Chicago by 2030. Talk It Out is a first step forward, encouraging everyday Chicagoans to have conversations about their individual experiences with gender bias in order to develop collective solutions.

Throughout the week, nearly 100 schools, businesses and community groups across Chicago will gather to participate in Talk It Out sessions. Diverse groups ranging from triathletes to students in the Mikva Challenge, a program promoting youth civic engagement; Chi Hack Night, a weekly event to discuss and develop ways to use data, design and technology to make Chicago a more equitable city; the Joffrey Ballet and the Muslim Women’s Alliance will host conversations with their community members.

Individuals and organizations can sign up to host at Hosts receive a toolkit containing questions to start the conversation and tips for creating a welcoming and respectful environment.

Community members can join in the conversation on social media using the hashtag #TalkItOut, and participate in a Twitter Chat on Wednesday, March 29 at 12 p.m. CST.