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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.