In an otherwise bleak climate, one woman is making Chicago shine
November 24 2015

Heidi Stevens, Chicago Tribune

Chicago Foundation for Women President & CEO, K. Sujata

Chicago Foundation for Women President & CEO, K. Sujata

When we look around Thursday for objects of our gratitude, let’s include K. Sujata, who is giving Chicago a reason to feel proud in an otherwise bleak climate of violence and dysfunction.

Sujata is the president of Chicago Foundation for Women, a grant-making organization dedicated to improving the lives of girls and women. Her group launched the 100 Percent Project at the end of September, aimed at ending gender bias by 2030, and it recently took its bid all the way to the White House.

At the recent Advancing Equity for Women and Girls of Color Summit, Sujata’s group joined a handful of other women’s organizations to pledge $100 million over the next five years to promote economic security for low-income women and their families.

In so doing, CFW becomes a model of action over rhetoric and, even more important, a reminder that we can’t truly prosper as long as we leave huge parts of our population behind.

“Are you going to end gender bias by 2030?” Sujata asked during a recent interview in her East Wacker Drive office. “It’s a huge goal, but if we don’t work at it, it’s never going to happen.”

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