Sharmili Majmudar
Sharmili Majmudar serves as the Executive Vice President of Policy and Organizational Impact at Women Employed. Since 1973, WE has been opening doors, breaking barriers, and creating fairer workplaces for women – and the organization is widely recognized for its innovative and relentless work to improve women’s economic status and remove barriers to economic equity in Chicago, in Illinois, and at a national level. Sharmili oversees Women Employed’s policy, programs, and research work which focuses on closing the wealth gap at the intersection of race and gender by growing women’s economic power. That work includes advancing gender equity in the workplace; strengthening sustainable career pathways; ensuring job quality; and increasing access, affordability and equity in post-secondary education. A skilled public speaker and ardent advocate for gender equity, Majmudar engages forward-thinking employers, employee resource groups, community organizations, civic leaders, and everyday advocates to make progress on the issues facing working women. Majmudar has been committed to advancing gender equity through an intersectional lens for over 25 years. Majmudar’s writing has appeared in several online and print publications, and she has been a frequent radio and television guest, providing insight on issues of gender equity and gender-based violence. Prior to joining WE in 2017, Majmudar worked in the gender-based violence movement for two decades, helping thousands of survivors of domestic and sexual violence heal and rebuild their lives, building allies and alliances to prevent violence, and working with institutions like universities, schools, government, hospitals, and businesses to develop inclusive prevention policies and response protocols. Majmudar has received numerous recognitions, including the 2016 Community Advocate Award from the Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network and  the 2015 Loyola University Chicago Damen Award which recognizes “qualities of leadership in industry, leadership in community and service to others.”  She was featured as one of National Asian Pacific Women’s Forum’s Everyday Sheroes and is a recipient of the Chicago Foundation for Women's Impact Award. Majmudar earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and Psychology (George Washington University in Washington, D.C.) and a Master of Social Work (Loyola University Chicago's Graduate School of Social Work). The daughter of Indian immigrants, Majmudar now lives in Oak Park with her wife and their middle-schooler.