Welcome to Chicago Women Take Action!

CWTA is a group of women united in the commitment to achieve women’s leadership and economic and social equality. We are activists of all ages (many of us belong to several organizations) working on the local, national and international level to promote women leaders and secure the health and well-being of women, their families, and their communities.

We meet monthly to discuss our Women’s Agenda, organize and attend events throughout the year across the city.

JUSTICE RUTH BADER GINSBERG – REST IN PEACE
CWTA joins the world in mourning the loss of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. While there are simply no adequate words to describe her monumental career and the impact she has had on the lives of Americans, one thing stands out: she tirelessly and relentlessly fought for equal rights. Although no law firm offered her a position when she graduated from law school, she began her legal career as a professor. She then embarked on the arduous path of fighting for equality.

Part of her brilliance is that she had the compassion and empathy combined with strategic thinking to fight for a widower to receive Social Security benefits for his child upon the death of his wife. She won that case before the then all-male United States Supreme Court. And the rest is history. She continued to fight for women’s rights and was a staunch and unwavering supporter of a woman’s right to choose. Eventually she became an appellate court judge and then was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Bill Clinton. Her strongest and most outspoken supporter was her beloved husband, Martin Ginsberg. And how right he was. She developed her signature code of dress for the bench with very specific collars for when she wrote a majority opinion and one for writing dissenting opinions. Her writing was of such a caliber that her dissenting opinion on the issue of equal pay for women was used as the basis for a law to establish women’s right to equal pay. Her collegial style won her not only the respect of her colleagues on the bench and in the legal community but throughout the world. Her friendship with a Justice on the Supreme Court who held strongly divergent views than her own reflected a humanity and an ability to work with everyone.

She developed Rockstar status when she was designated “the Notorious RBG.” The many skits in which she was featured on Saturday Night Live also bespoke of the affection and esteem in which she was held. No other Supreme Court Justice has been recognized in that way. While she is irreplaceable, it is inevitable that someone must be appointed to take a seat on the Court. Nonetheless it must be recognized that no appointment should be made until after the election. She should be given the respect she deserves by allowing her family and the world to celebrate her life and career. We all mourn her passing, on Rosh Hashanah, Jewish New Year and High Holy Day. Rest in peace, our beloved Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, as we all grieve and renew our commitment to equal rights in the law for everyone.

CWTA Message on the USSC’s Decision on Discrimination in Employment on the basis of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identify
CWTA celebrates the United States Supreme Court opinion extending civil rights protections on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The decision holds that employers who fire employees for sexual orientation and gender identity issues violate Title 7. In this 6-3 opinion Justices Gorsuch and Roberts ruled with Justices Sotomayor, Ginsberg, Kagen, and Breyer, with Justice Gorsuch writing the opinion. However, other discrimination remains in education, housing, and healthcare. The Trump administration has just removed healthcare protections in Obama care for the transgender population. Additionally the US Supreme Court upheld the Trump Administration regarding a ban on transgender people in the military. The only way to achieve fully equality is to pass The Equality Act. The House passed the Act but Mitch McConnell has refused to bring it for a vote. Fortunately, there are protections in many states to ban discrimination but we need a national policy. It is also noteworthy that even though the Supreme Court blocked the Trump Administration’s actions to end DACA, the Court provided information to the Administration on how to amend the legal action. Trump has stated he will go forward with those changes.
 
CWTA Statement— DACA
CWTA celebrates the Supreme Court Decision to reject Donald Trump’s cynical attempt to deny Dreamers their right to live in this nation as full living working residents and actual or future citizens with the right to vote.

From our inception in 2014, as an organization of women committed to equality and justice, DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and full immigration reform that promises asylum from tyranny and a path to citizenship for all immigrants, whatever their nation of origin, for the immigrants that come from all countries that assures a path to citizenship, if so desired, have been part of our agenda.

Except for the Native Americans, whose lands our forefathers took, we are a nation made up of only immigrants and their descendants from countries across the globe. Diversity is our nation’s strength and we celebrate it.

Thus we celebrate the Supreme Court decision that has yielded relief to the millions of “Dreamers” who feared that this hard-won program might be lost. That said, we see the decision for what it is – a foundation upon which to fight for and build an immigration policy that embraces diversity and lives up to the promise of freedom and opportunity that the Statute of Liberty once represented to the world.
 
The Death of George Floyd and Our Pledge to Fight for Justice

Like so many before, this has been another month in which the fundamental problems of racism in America have been front and center.  We start with the murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer; the belated charging of three white men for the murder of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia; the protests of the killing of Breona Taylor and the ease with which a white woman in New York called the police to arrest a Black man who had requested that she leash her dog (as required by law) speak volumes about race in America.  But we must add to those affronts the thousands of deaths from Covid-19 of the Black and Brown men and women who work in our nation’s nursing homes, hospitals, and food services. 

These are not new stories…….they simply are this moment’s Sandra Bland or Emmet Till.

Please click HERE to read full Statement.

CWTA Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

CWTA understands that the COVID-19 crisis is impacting everyone in some way. The Chicago Foundation for Women has put together a comprehensive list of resources for both individuals and nonprofits to help support those in need.  Women are highly impacted. Early reports show that women comprise the majority of those serving on the front lines as nurses, caregivers, and health care aides, are over represented among those who are now unemployed and furloughed, and are facing increased domestic abuse.  We all need to be there for each other.  Stay healthy!

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