Illinois Democratic Women applauds the efforts of the Illinois Anti-Harassment, Equality & Access Panel to provide a roadmap for all political parties and campaigns to address all types of harassment in the workplace. We are also grateful for their efforts to highlight the necessity of more women running for office in Illinois so that all our systems of government are equally represented by women and men.
By listening to women across this state tell their stories of discrimination and harassment in the political workplace, State Comptroller Susana Mendoza, State Senator Melinda Bush and State Representative Carol Ammons have created a report that leads the way to identifying necessary reforms that will mean more women have a seat at the table in making meaningful decisions that affect us all primarily by electing more women to office in Illinois and promoting more women to leadership positions.
The AHEA report asks that all parties –
Commit to a concrete goal of women filling 50% of the seats in Illinois’ General Assembly
Hire a manager-level Director of Diversity in the state parties to recruit more diverse candidates to run for elected office and for top-level staff positions
Invest party money in training women, developing their talent and supporting their races and promoting women into leadership positions in campaigns and political organizations
Require diversity in the pool of applicants or candidates considered for every political vacancy and leadership position (including people of color, LGBTQ, and people with disabilities)
Establish an Advisory Board to oversee these changes
Illinois Democratic Women stands ready to be a partner in these efforts and looks forward to the dialogue that this ground-breaking report will create as we look towards a future where women hold an equal number of political positions as men and the diversity of our leadership reflects all our communities.
We’re excited to announce we’ll be honoring AG Lisa Madigan at the Bash! Join us with JB Pritzker, Juliana Stratton, Susana Mendoza and many others to celebrate our fantastic retiring AG and all the Democratic women running for office in Illinois!!
Tickets can be purchased here or at the door. Thank you! Act-Blue
If you are a female candidate or officeholder, you are invited to attend free of charge and be announced during the program, please let us know here. Female – Candidates & Officeholders
Attorney General Lisa Madigan
Comptroller Susana Mendoza
State Rep. Juliana Stratton
Democratic Party of Illinois
JB for Governor
State Representative Lou Lang
Steamfitters Local 439
IUOE Local 520
Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky
Congressman Bill Foster
Illinois Treasurer Mike Frerichs
The resolution to Ratify the ERA Amendment passed the Illinois Senate on Wednesday, April 11, 2018. The resolution was passed out of the Illinois House Human Services committee on Wednesday, May 16, 2018. The Illinois House is now preparing to vote to Ratify the ERA Amendment.
IT’S TIME TO RATIFY THE EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT! HELP MAKE HISTORY! LET’S FLOOD THE PHONES!
Calling our reps is extremely crucial now, especially to put pressure on wavering Republicans. The opposition is robo-calling, spreading lies and “alternative facts”.
Please call your representative and get 5 friends to call theirs. If your representative supports the ERA, thank them and ask them to lobby their colleagues to do the same. Locate your representative: www.openstates.org
Sample script, please feel free to modify:
Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [City]. I am calling to express my concern with the current state of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). The Equal Rights Amendment has not been ratified and added to the United States Constitution. Currently, we need just 2 additional states to reach the three-fourths threshold. Our state is one of those that have yet to ratify the ERA. Without it, there is no guarantee of constitutional gender equality. Now is the time to establish strong legal protections in our Constitution against sex-based discrimination. Therefore, I am reaching out to ask that [name of representative] vote yes to ratify the ERA.
We have several phone bank opportunities. We are calling constituents in targeted districts and asking them to call their representative. Phone lists, scripts and training are provided.
VIRTUAL PHONE BANKS
Phone bank for the ERA from anywhere. All you need is a computer/tablet and a phone. To get started, fill out this Form. You may also magnify the effect by hosting a phone bank party.
Lobby Day for the ERA
What: Illinois Rally and Lobby Day for the ERA
Details: The Rally begins at 12pm at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield at the Lincoln Statue! Let’s show the Illinois General Assembly how many people from across Illinois expect to see this issue ratified in the House this May!!
No, the Equal Rights Amendment *still* has not been passed, which means gender equality is still NOT part of the U.S. Constitution.
YOU can be a part of making sure that the ERA finally gets ratified! If Illinois ratifies the ERA that means that only ONE more state would be needed. Congress passed it back in 1972 but needed 38 states to ratify it before going into effect. Illinois could be #37!
When: May 8, noon
Where: Lincoln Statue at the State Capitol, 401 S 2nd, Springfield.
*This event is not sponsored by IDW, but is included as a service to our members and friends
What: Candidate Training Bootcamp
Details: The County Chairs training will be a three-day (May 18th-20th) training that will include training on operations, fundraising & budgeting, communications, Get Out The Vote, volunteer recruitment & retention, Votebuilder and social media. The training will start at 6pm on Friday May 18th and conclude at 12pm on Sunday May 20th. The training is free of charge but you would be responsible for travel expenses and hotel room.
When: May 18-20
Where: Crowne Plaza, 3300 S Dirksen Pkwy, Springfield