GoWomen: Making History
March 07 2018

The women making history


Making History

Three generations of activists: CFW Alumnae Council member Marcia Love with family.

What does it take for a woman to make history?It takes courage, to be sure. A willingness to lead, to stand up and stand out. Hard work, passion and persistence.

It also takes support, resources and community buy-in.

This Women’s History Month, we are celebrating women in our community who are making history right now. At the 2018 Impact Awards on March 14, we are honoring six local leaders working to increase diversity in tech, fighting for survivors of sexual violence, increasing the number of women in corporate leadership, building women’s philanthropic power and empowering women as entrepreneurs and community organizers. Among the honorees are CFW grantees, whose work is powered by our community’s support and investment.

Then, during Talk It Out week, March 18-24, the Chicago region will build on the work started by the courageous women and men of the #MeToo Movement, having honest conversations about how we can all work together to end sexual harassment. You can help advance the conversation by signing up for a host toolkit, or joining CFW for a Twitter chat on Wednesday, March 21 at 12 p.m.

There are many ways for women to make history: on the frontlines as activists and movement leaders, in the background as organizers, educators or funders, as early supporters and members of the movement. We see it today, as we live history at the Women’s Marches, the shift from a #MeToo moment to a movement, and see the role of young women as leaders in a new student movement to end gun violence.

Each of us play a key part, and when we work together, we can change the course of history for future generations of women and girls.

With highest hopes,

K. Sujata
Chicago Foundation for Women



Join CFW at the Impact Awards March 14

Join CFW as we celebrate six local leaders at the 2018 Impact Awards on Wednesday, March 14. The Impact Awards honors local leaders for their commitment to improving the lives of women and girls in the Chicago region by supporting basic rights and equal opportunities. This year’s honorees are empowering women as entrepreneurs and organizers, fighting for survivors of sexual abuse and creating more diverse and equitable workplaces. Meet the 2018 honorees – and get your ticket today!

Talk It Out: #MeToo

We are in the middle of a national conversation about the sexual harassment and abuse faced by women at work, at home and in our communities. Where do we go from here?

March 18-24, hundreds of people across the Chicago region will be part of Talk It Out: #MeToo, a week of conversation focused on the #MeToo Movement and how we can all work together to end sexual harassment and abuse. If we are going to end gender bias in our lifetime, we need to keep this conversation going. And we need your voice at the table. Add your voice by hosting your own conversation or using #TalkItOut.

Celebrate Spring at CFW’s Oak Park Gathering

Save the date! The annual Oak Park Spring Gathering will take place on Wednesday, May 23, 2018. This intimate gathering brings together CFW’s closest supporters in Oak Park for a night of great food, wine and friends. Interested in joining the host committee? Contact Nancy Garcia at ngarcia@cfw.orgSponsorships are also available.

Meet CFW’s New Manager of Institutional Relations

CFW is pleased to welcome Natosha Johnson as Manager of Institutional Relations. As part of the development team, Natosha will work with foundation, corporate, business and organizational partners committed to advancing CFW’s mission.

A native Chicagoan, Natosha has been a member of the Women United Giving Council of CFW for two years, inspired by a commitment to create positive change and opportunities for women and girls of color. She is committed to giving a voice to the issues affecting all women and girls and continues to support organizations where she can collaborate on educating the public about issues facing diverse communities. Natosha has also served as a youth and college mentor for One Million Degrees, providing comprehensive supports to highly motivated community college students to help them succeed in school, in work and in life.

We’re Hiring!

CFW is hiring a Community Engagement Officer! The Community Engagement Officer builds connections in the community through CFW programs, grantee support and strong community relationships. Deadline to apply is Friday, March 23. Find the full position description and information on how to apply here.


After #MeToo, the Role of Men in the Workplace

Illustration from Getty Images.

CFW President/CEO K. Sujata penned an Op Ed for Crain’s Chicago Business on how men can resist a backlash to #MeToo, and instead take action to champion women’s equity in the workplace, as hiring managers, mentors and by holding their male colleagues accountable.

Boss Lady Style


As part of Black History Month, Corliss V. Garner reflects on the legacy of the Reverend Willie Taplin Barrow:

In classic boss lady style, Rev. Barrow’s estate plan was on point. Her place in history guided by intention, lives on through the Willie Taplin Barrow Black Women’s Leadership Fund. She was thoughtful about her legacy and chose to invest in creating space for Black women to grow, lead, impact their communities and change the world. She wanted to support more Little Warriors and leveraged her estate plan to create legacy. Read more here.


WBEZ: Midwest Access Project
The Midwest Access Project is increasing access to abortion care by helping non-traditional health professionals – including family medicine doctors, nurse practitioners and nurse midwives – access education and training in abortion care they may not have received as part of a standard residency.

WGN: Between Friends
One in three teens experience dating violence. Between Friends, a domestic violence crisis agency which also runs a teen dating violence prevention program, REACH (Relationship Education: A Choice for Hope), was joined by local high school athletes to discuss the startling prevalence of teen dating violence onWGN. The students chose dating violence for their yearly campaign to raise awareness of the warning signs and resources for young people.

Newsy: Arise
As a hotel worker, Rocio has experienced sexual harassment from customers and colleagues alike. She shared her story as part of a campaign by Arise Chicago called “Out of the Shadows: Immigrant Workers Speak Out Against Sexual Harassment.” As part of the campaign, Arise created an online video campaign, using funds from The 100 Day Fund at CFW, to educate other Spanish-speaking workers on what to do in cases of sexual harassment on the job.


Chicago Feminist Film Festival

CFW is excited to partner with The Chicago Feminist Film Festival, happening this week, March 7 – 9. The Chicago Feminist Film Festival is free and open to the public, showcasing independent international film addressing issues of gender, sexuality, race and other forms of inequality, and creating inclusive public spaces for under-represented artists to share their work.

Important Note about Upgrading your Browser and OS!

In order for us to continue processing your donations safely and securely, and to make sure you continue to have access to the CFW website, you must ensure your operating system and internet browser are upgraded to the latest version before March 15, 2018. This is an industry-wide requirement to remain compliant with best practices set forth by the PCI Security Standards Council, and to ensure the highest level of security when processing all financial transactions.

For more information, please reach out to Shannon Buckley at sbuckley@cfw.org.