Pritzker Administration Announces $350 Thousand Partnership with Women Employed to Boost Wages for Women

The Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) today announced a $350,000 partnership with Women Employed to inform low-income women across Illinois, in particular low-wage women of color, about pay equity and pay transparency standards. The partnership is made possible by funding from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Fostering Access, Rights and Education (FARE) grant program. Illinois is one of six states and territories in the country to receive a grant for this work.

As recipients of the FARE grant, IDOL, in partnership with Women Employed and other community groups will:

  • Conduct outreach to working women who are paid low wages and are otherwise marginalized and underserved.
    • Publicize educational materials across a variety of platforms, including social media, in-person or virtual events, and one-on-one consultations.
    • Assist women workers with navigating and calculating benefits.
    • Connect and refer women workers to additional services, benefits, and legal help as needed.
    • Through a train-the-trainer model, train women in the workforce to become advocates for rights, benefits, and assistance in their own communities.

The mission of Women Employed is to improve the economic status of women and remove barriers to economic equity. The non-profit is also working to close the wealth gap at the intersection of race and gender. For more information, click here Women Employed.IDOL promotes and protects the rights, wages, welfare, working conditions, safety and health of workers, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, color or sexual orientation. To learn more about IDOL, click here About IDOL.

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