History of IWT
The Institute of Women Today (IWT) was founded in 1974 by Sister Margaret Ellen
Traxler, SSND, and an interfaith group of women to provide an intelligent
and articulate voice on issues affecting women and to provide
training for female inmates. From that initial focus evolved a concern for the
well being of all women. In the last 30 years, our role has expanded to
serving homeless women and their children and senior citizens.
Today, IWT supports and operates Maria
Shelter, a 50-bed transitional residence, and
the Vincennes Senior Center,
both located in the Englewood community on Chicago's south side.
IWT is an integral part of this community.