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Chicago Foundation for Women aims to end gender bias in Windy City by 2030

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K. Sujata, president and CEO of Chicago Foundation for Women (CFW), wants to end gender bias. And she’s putting her money where her mouth is. CFW, which launched the 100 Percent Project last September with the goal of ending gender bias in Chicago by 2030, announced a pledge of $100 million over the next five years to promote economic security for low-income women and their families at the recent Advancing Equity for Women and Girls of Color Summit. Sujata, who grew up in a small town in India, says her “feminism found its face” when she started volunteering at Apna Ghar, an organization that works to combat violence in immigrant communities. “There’s a sense that gender violence and gender bias are happening elsewhere, because looking in a mirror can be hard,” says Sujata. She wants more people looking into that mirror. And once they see the issues, she hopes people will realize the benefits that come from empowering women. “It’s going to take all of us to solve these problems,” she said. “Ending gender bias is not a zero sum game. We’re not about taking away from somebody to give to someone else. If we do this right, it improves whole families. It improves whole communities.”

Read the full story at The Chicago Tribune.

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