Standing Up For Women
Advocating for women and families has been a continued focus throughout my life and career. I have always firmly believed that women should have equal opportunities and the ability to voice their opinions on community issues – whether the setting is in workplace, in the classroom or in the public sector.
As a working mom who raised three sons, I have experienced many of the issues, and challenges, women face first hand. I support equal pay for equal work, support a woman’s right to choose, support renewing and strengthening the Violence Against Women Act and believe that women should continue to have access to preventative health and family planning services.
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It's Women’s History Month, a time when I think of the trailblazers who paved the way to give women like myself the opportunity to serve.
I think of several Illinois women, like Jane Addams, who was the first American woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize and was the founder of the Hull House in Chicago, which helped lift women and families out of poverty.