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International Day of Bisexuality Visibility - Sept 23

She Votes Illinois was proud to sponsor Chicago Bisexual Health Task Force’s proclamation of International Day of Bisexuality Visibility in Chicago by Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on September 23. As a day that has been celebrated around the world for 20 years, Bisexuality Visibility Day is an important opportunity to create awareness and call attention to disparities and stigmas experienced by bisexual people and to support the community.


Indo-American Democratic Organization - Oct 13

On October 13, She Votes Illinois was pleased to sponsor IADO’s annual banquet, “We Are Home”,  in support of the South Asian American community as we strongly believe in the importance of diversity and inclusion in political office. This year, over 200 elected officials, candidates, civic leaders, and community members gathered together to celebrate the work IADO does to engage South Asian Americans in the political process. Our Advisory Council member Bushra Amiwala attended the event which included keynote speaker Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot. 
(Photo: She Votes Illinois Advisory Council member Bushra Amiwala - third from the left)


Chicago Period Day Rally - Oct 19

On Saturday, October 19, She Votes Illinois was thrilled to co-host Chicago’s first ever National Period Day Rally. Over 120 participants gathered together at Federal Plaza to march and hear powerful speakers and amazing performances that included poetry reading and storytelling all advocating to end the stigma around periods, creating awareness to support transgender men and nonbinary folx, and bringing an end to period poverty. In the end, we collected 10 grocery bags worth of period products that will be distributed by Cycle Forward to organizations that directly serve under-resourced menstruators in schools, shelters and prisons.

(Photo: She Votes Illinois Advisory Council member Mary Catherine Hanafee LaPlante kicks off the Rally.)

🚨 CALL TO ACTION: If you would like to make a monetary or in-kind donation to help those in need of menstrual products, please visit Cycle Forward’s website here.

UIC Speaking Engagement - Oct 24

She Votes Illinois was pleased to speak with Professor Branden McLeod’s Policy II class at the Jane Addams College of Social Work at UIC. We shared with the class our organization’s history and mission, the various campaigns and policies we’ve been working on to advance and protect women’s rights, voter registration initiatives, and potential volunteer opportunities. In turn, we heard from the class their policy work around criminal justice reform, education, gender equity, housing, and immigration reform; and held a discussion around youth voter engagement. 

(Photo: She Votes Illinois board member Quandra Speights speaks with the Policy II class at UIC)

🚨 CALL TO ACTION: If you’d like to invite She Votes Ilinois to speak in one of your classes, please reach out to us at to discuss further. 

Hispanic Heritage Month - Sept 15 - Oct 15

From September 15 - October 15, we honored and celebrated Hispanic and Latina women throughout the state to recognize their contributions and vital presence in our lives. We hope you enjoyed our series spotlighting the women who have shaped our history and will change our future. Knowing their stories empowers us to achieve, enriches our lives and helps to facilitate diversity and inclusion.


Meeting with Chicago City Clerk Anna Valencia - Pink New Deal

She Votes Illinois has joined forces with Chicago City Clerk Anna Valencia and more than 120 women from a variety of industries and backgrounds in their efforts towards gender equity. From making Chicago Public Schools the national model for comprehensive health and sexual education to hosting a Girls Summit in 2020, we’re partnering with this Working Group to make Chicago a safer and more equitable place, and ultimately, the best city in the country for women and girls. 


Meeting with Cook County Commissioner Donna Miller - CEDAW 

She Votes Illinois continues to support the United Nations Association of Chicago in its efforts to ratify the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in Chicago, Cook County and across the state. In our latest efforts, we participated in a meeting held by UNA-Chicago with Cook County Commissioner Donna Miller to promote the principles of CEDAW on a local level. We appreciate Commissioner Miller’s support and guidance in order to continue garnering attention that will ultimately lead to the ratification of CEDAW by the United States.

(Photo: Commissioner Donna Miller (fourth from the left) with She Votes Illinois, UNA-Chicago and partners)


Meeting with Senator Robert Peters 

We continue our efforts in meeting with elected officials across the state and in October, we met with Illinois State Senator Robert Peters of the 13th district in efforts to ensure our elected officials understand the issues most important to Illinois women and help elected officials create and enforce policies that uplift us all.


We want residents to be informed and engaged. We look forward to continuing to host quality events that are inclusive and accessible to all and make a positive impact on the lives of Illinoisans. Check out our upcoming events here! 


RHA Celebration - Nov 6

She Votes Illinois is proud to co-host the RHA Celebration on November 6. A wide coalition of individuals and organizations worked hard to pass this bill that establishes the fundamental right to reproductive health and modernizes Illinois’ reproductive rights laws by repealing outdated and unconstitutional prohibitions on reproductive healthcare and enacting a new Illinois Reproductive Health Act that regulates abortion like any other form of health care. Let's get together and celebrate this important accomplishment! 


Cause the Effect Chicago Young Feminist Conference - Nov 9

She Votes Illinois is excited to be a partnering organization with Cause the Effect Chicago for the upcoming Young Feminist Conference in Chicago on November 9. Join us for the annual half-day Conference to explore topics of intersectional feminism, empowerment and activism with accomplished speakers, informative panels, engaging performances and action-oriented break-out sessions. While this FREEE event is tailored to young feminists age 14-21, ALL are welcome and encouraged to attend.


Voter Registration Drive - Nov 12 & 14

Join us at Roosevelt University November 12th and 14th to apply to register to vote in the state of Illinois in preparation for the 2020 elections. Whether you are a first time voter in Illinois, need to change your address on your voter registration record or your name, we can help you complete the Illinois Voter Registration Application and will send it to the Chicago Board of Elections for you.


She Votes Families! - Nov 17

Life is busy and finding time to have an impact on the 2020 election can feel impossible; we're here to help! Join She Votes Illinois and top elected Illinois officials on Sunday, November 17 to learn how you can make a difference in the upcoming election, while juggling your hectic family schedule. Free, on-site supervised play is included.



Please welcome the newest members to our team! 

Lorena Mesa, Communications Director

Political scientist turned coder, Lorena Mesa is a data engineer on GitHub's software intelligence systems team, Director and Vice-Chair, Elect on the Python Software Foundation, and PyLadies Chicago co-organizer. Lorena's time at Obama for America and her subsequent graduate research required her to learn how to transform messy, incomplete data into intelligible analysis on topics like predicting Latinx voter behavior. It's this unique background in research and applied mathematics that drove Lorena to pursue a career in engineering and data science.

(Photo: (from left to right) Board members: Lorena Mesa, Robin Dusek, Maureen Keane, Marissa Miller, Stephanie Sims, Kimberley Egonmwan)


Annie Williams 

Annie served as Policy Lead for Women’s Issues with Indivisible Illinois and Outreach Leader for the Illinois chapter of the Women’s March on Washington. Annie organized silent protests inspired by “The Handmaid’s Tale” in support of HB40. She was part of a coalition of women who worked to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment in Illinois. She has orchestrated voter engagement activities; deputy registrar training, voter education and high school voter registration events. 

(Photo: Annie Williams (right) with fellow board member Stephanie Sims)


Have you been looking to step up your involvement in the political process and advocate for women’s rights and equality in our state? She Votes Illinois is looking for bold and compassionate volunteers to help advance our mission.

Fundraising Chair

This critical long-term role is responsible for developing, planning, and coordinating the fundraising strategy for She Votes Illinois that will ensure we are fully funded for the services we provide and to operate our organization. Manage quarterly fundraising campaigns, sponsorships for events, and recurring donations. Work with Board and Council members to aid them in the solicitation of  funds as necessary. Provide donor care that will allow us to develop and maintain healthy relationships with donors who support our organization. Lead the Fundraising Committee in executing its deliverables around fundraising for operations, events, partnerships, and other initiatives. 

🚨 CALL TO ACTION: If you are interested in becoming part of our team, check out our full list of volunteer opportunities. No matter where you live in the state of Illinois, we’d love to talk to you! No political experience necessary. Contact us at for more details and be a part of our movement! All are welcome!!!


September 22, 2019, marked our second anniversary and a lot has happened in the past two years. You elected a new governor of Illinois. You witnessed a mid-term election that resulted in Democrats taking the House. You pushed legislation that advocates and protects women’s rights. You marched to the polls and attended countless rallies with us to let your voices be heard. As much as we’ve accomplished since 2017, She Votes Illinois has BIG plans for the next two years. More events. More outreach. More advocating. In order to get there, we need your help! 

Your support is vital to helping us protect, support and advance initiatives in the state of Illinois. Every dollar helps She Votes Illinois expand. Host more events. Partner with more organizations. Amplify our voices to elected officials. 


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