GoWomen: What Happens on November 9?
November 02 2016

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What Happens on November 9?

Just like most other people who read or watch the news, I cannot wait for the United States Presidential Election to come to an end. Despite how uncomfortable it has been, however, this election surfaced the misogyny that, for so many of us, has become the air we breathe. For the past year, America has been forced to look it in the face and deal with it.

I am grateful for that. It is my sincere hope that this public consciousness does not begin to fade on Wednesday, November 9.  We have only begun to scratch the surface on gender bias in America.

For instance, it should not come as a surprise at how quickly the Republican front runner turned off the majority of women voters. But, why does living with and having close relationships with women not make men any less misogynistic in the way that proximity to LGBTQ individuals make us less homophobic and proximity to different racial and ethnic groups make us less racist?

Recently in the Atlantic, Peter Beinart summarizes academic research that found men (and plenty of women) are overwhelmingly uncomfortable with women in traditional male roles, especially ambitious women, and judge them more harshly than they would men. What’s more, Beinart points to polling that shows when Hillary Clinton has been most popular to the public: when she stuck by her husband during the Monica Lewinsky scandal and when she stood by President Obama as Secretary of State.  That same polling shows when was she the least popular: when she headed the healthcare task force, served in the Senate, and, both times she ran for President.

According to Professor Stephanie Coontz, “this is not just white entitlement, which was taken for granted for 200 years, but male breadwinner family entitlement, which was a very recent acquisition for the white working class.” Indeed, the percentage of Americans who hold a “strongly unfavorable” view of Clinton substantially exceeds the percentage for any other Democratic nominee since 1980, when pollsters began asking the question.

This election has unearthed much more than one man’s sexism and bigotry, and the fact that an entire segment of the population distrusts a particular woman. Let’s not start our day on November 9th and presume that America will be immediately whisked away to the more civil, more respectful habits we thought we had entrenched. Make no mistake, electing our Nation’s first female president would be a leap forward in the long march toward gender equity.  But, the road to a post-feminist society still has many steep hills and rough patches ahead, I’m sure.

I look forward to continuing the journey with you.

IN THE NEWS

K. Sujata in Crain’s – Nonprofit Merger Research

As a funder of hundreds of organizations supporting opportunities for women and girls, CFW is particularly mindful of encouraging—and funding—restructurings that expand impact. CFW was proud to support a new study that highlights some key factors that contribute to successful mergers.  Read Sujata’s recent piece on the research in Crain’s: “As nonprofits merge, a cautionary tale.”

The study, released in partnership with Mission+Strategy Consulting, looked at key factors that led to successful outcomes in 25 mergers that took place between 2004-2014 across sectors such as healthcare, human services, adoption, job training and literacy. The study also includes five in-depth merger case studies, including the Chicago Foundation for Women and the Eleanor Foundation Strategic Alliance. The full report can be found at: chicagonpmergerstudy.org.

OUR NEWS

CFW joins LOL Illinois, Can You?

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As Illinois citizens, it is up to us to put pressure on our elected leaders to do their job and pass a responsible, balanced budget. That is why The Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago launched LOL Illinois: This is not a laughing matter, to put pressure on our State’s leadership to act on a responsible, balanced budget.

While we may have different positions on the particulars of a budget, we can all agree on the necessity of having a budget. You have a stake in the future of Illinois. Join us! There are a number of ways that you can get involved – learn how here.

GRANTEE NEWS

Nearly 1 Million Chicagoland Workers Win Earned Sick Time!

Congrats to CFW grantees Women Employed, Arise Chicago, Latino Union and The Shriver Center for their collaboration to win another triumph! The Cook County Board of Commissioners passed their own sick time ordinance on October 5th. For the first time, all employees who work anywhere in Cook County have the right to earn paid sick time, regardless of the size of their employer, or whether they are full- or part-time. Together, these ordinances guarantee earned sick time to almost a million new workers in the Chicagoland area.

Happy Birthday CFW Grantees!

CFW grantees Sarah’s Inn and Chicago Women in Trades are both celebrating 35 years of service to the Chicago community!  Sarah’s Inn provides comprehensive services for families affected by domestic violence so that they get the support they need to find safety, rebuild their lives, and heal. Chicago Women in Trades(CWIT) works for women’s economic equity by increasing participation in well-paid, skilled jobs traditionally held by men and by eliminating barriers that prohibit women from entering and succeeding in these fields. Together with so many other CFW grantees, these organizations are building a better, stronger and safer Chicago for all of us.

BREAKING BARRIERS

CFW Impact Award Honoree Loretta Rosenmayer

Loretta Rosenmayer, CEO of INTREN takes diversity and gender equity seriously. In fact, she is now featured alongside Stephanie Hickman, President and CEO of Trice Construction on “Contractors Changing the Face of Construction” a billboard honoring their collaboration in the St. Louis area. The goal of the campaign is to celebrate women in construction and promote working with diverse joint venture partners, subcontractors and suppliers, as well as raise awareness of the potential benefits that good corporate citizenship brings to communities. Learn more.