The Girl Talk: Women at Work Edition

The Girl Talk: Women at Work Edition

Tue, February 27, 2018

6:30 pm

The Hideout

Chicago, IL


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The Girl Talk
The Girl Talk
The Girl Talk is a monthly show at The Hideout featuring powerful and influential Chicago women you should know. Each month, we tackle an issue facing our city, state and country and learn from the women working to make things better.
Women At Work Edition
We know Chicago is the “city that works,” but let’s face it––it works because Chicago women MAKE it work. This month, we’re talking to three women who are making sure the gears are turning at the airports, on the CTA and in the hotel industry.
We'll hear about their fights for fairness in treatment and compensation and their experiences dealing with sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace. While Hollywood celebs have brought the #metoo movement mainstream, working class women have been fighting this sort of abuse for decades.

Esthela is a leader of UNITE HERE Local 1’s “Hands Off Pants On” campaign to fight sexual harassment in Chicago’s hospitality industry. She has worked as a housekeeper at a Chicago hotel for 8 years. With her union, she spoke out and helped win the “Hands Off Pants On” city ordinance that will ensure all hotel workers who work alone are equipped with panic buttons by July 1, 2018. Esthela was named Person of the Year by TIME Magazine as one of the “The Silence Breakers.”

Erica Sanchez
Erica Sanchez has been a Chicago Public Schools janitor and SEIU Local 1 member for the past 21 years. Over that time, Sanchez has been a steadfast leader within her union and its fight for economic, racial, immigrant and environmental justice, including the push for $15 and a union at Chicago’s airports.
Sanchez is one of the strongest SEIU Local 1 member leaders on the airport campaign, leading O’Hare Airport workers on strike, in political actions and in their current efforts to sign up and join the union for a better future.
Sanchez, a single mother of three daughters aged 22, 20 and 13, lives in Chicago’s Brighton Park neighborhood. As a woman, Sanchez knows the importance of being in a union. One of Sanchez’s daughters had cancer as a toddler, but she’s healthy now thanks to the affordable healthcare benefits Sanchez receives through her union job.
Because Sanchez is an SEIU Local 1 member, her wages are higher, her benefits are better and her job protections are stronger than the non-union women janitors she knows.
Overall, women are overrepresented in low-wage jobs. That’s why Sanchez has made it her priority to fight with her union and non-union sisters to ensure all working people have a fair shot at a bright future!

​Pennie McCoach
Pennie has worked at the Chicago Transit Authority for 17 years as a switchmen and she has actively been involved with her union, the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) for 14 years. She holds the position of 2nd Vice President of the ATU.
Pennie is the mother of two grown sons and a wife to Edward McCoach. Pennie was born in Evanston IL and grew up in the Lincoln Park area.
Venue Information:
The Hideout
1354 W. Wabansia Ave
Chicago, IL, 60642