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Cook County Commission on Women's Issues The Commission studies the status of women and develops recommendations for eliminating discrimination while promoting the equality of all women.

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‘Still Searching’ Documentary Tells Stories Of Chicago’s Missing Black Women And Girls Through Art​   Damon Lamar Reed a...
08/31/2021
'Still Searching' Documentary Tells Stories Of Chicago's Missing Black Women And Girls Through Art

‘Still Searching’ Documentary Tells Stories Of Chicago’s Missing Black Women And Girls Through Art​ Damon Lamar Reed and filmmaker Latoya Flowers-Rudd hope their documentary will honor the missing women and their families.

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Damon Lamar Reed and filmmaker Latoya Flowers-Rudd hope their documentary will honor the missing women and their families.

Meet Sameka Ducette Gates, Unsung Heroine At-Large. Sameka is the founder of Girls Are P.E.A.R.L.S., an organization tha...
03/31/2021

Meet Sameka Ducette Gates, Unsung Heroine At-Large. Sameka is the founder of Girls Are P.E.A.R.L.S., an organization that helps middle school girls develop leadership skills and learn the importance of service. Sameka established P.E.A.R.L.S. to create a safe space for girls, while exposing them to opportunities outside of their environment, and providing a platform to amplify their voices. With the help of many volunteers, Sameka has hosted a community clean-up, assisted with a 2020 graduation photoshoot of graduates, and coordinated a Back to School event with other community partners in the Austin community. Sameka is always looking for ways to empower and broaden the scope of students of color.

Thank you to all who joined us throughout the month in honoring the 2021 Unsung Heroines of Cook County.

https://bit.ly/2021CCunsungheroines

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Meet Sameka Ducette Gates, Unsung Heroine At-Large. Sameka is the founder of Girls Are P.E.A.R.L.S., an organization that helps middle school girls develop leadership skills and learn the importance of service. Sameka established P.E.A.R.L.S. to create a safe space for girls, while exposing them to opportunities outside of their environment, and providing a platform to amplify their voices. With the help of many volunteers, Sameka has hosted a community clean-up, assisted with a 2020 graduation photoshoot of graduates, and coordinated a Back to School event with other community partners in the Austin community. Sameka is always looking for ways to empower and broaden the scope of students of color.

Thank you to all who joined us throughout the month in honoring the 2021 Unsung Heroines of Cook County.

https://bit.ly/2021CCunsungheroines

#CCUnsungHeroine
#WHM2021

Meet Josephine Coleman, Unsung Heroine for District 17. When the pandemic hit the U.S., Josephine started sewing in resp...
03/30/2021

Meet Josephine Coleman, Unsung Heroine for District 17. When the pandemic hit the U.S., Josephine started sewing in response to the outcry for Personal Protective Equipment. Single-handedly, she started sewing face masks with materials she solicited from her neighbors. Their response was overwhelming as she obtained bags of clean sheets and elastic from the community and the Salvation Army. While maintaining her home and children’s remote learning, she worked 7 days a week on a $50 kid’s sewing machine and produced over 7,000 masks for the Salvation Army, American Indian Reservations, care workers and the homeless.

Stay tuned throughout the month to meet the 2021 Unsung Heroines of Cook County: https://bit.ly/2021CCunsungheroines

#WHM2021
#CCUnsungHeroine

Meet Josephine Coleman, Unsung Heroine for District 17. When the pandemic hit the U.S., Josephine started sewing in response to the outcry for Personal Protective Equipment. Single-handedly, she started sewing face masks with materials she solicited from her neighbors. Their response was overwhelming as she obtained bags of clean sheets and elastic from the community and the Salvation Army. While maintaining her home and children’s remote learning, she worked 7 days a week on a $50 kid’s sewing machine and produced over 7,000 masks for the Salvation Army, American Indian Reservations, care workers and the homeless.

Stay tuned throughout the month to meet the 2021 Unsung Heroines of Cook County: https://bit.ly/2021CCunsungheroines

#WHM2021
#CCUnsungHeroine

Meet Elva Serna, Unsung Heroine for District 16. Elva is a Community Engagement Specialist with the Erie Neighborhood Ho...
03/29/2021

Meet Elva Serna, Unsung Heroine for District 16. Elva is a Community Engagement Specialist with the Erie Neighborhood House. She recruits health promoters and community navigators to conduct outreach, training, and workshops to build leadership skills, knowledge, and job readiness within the immigrant community. She focused on helping undocumented residents, who were too fearful to share personal information on the 2020 Census, to participate so that their children would be counted. Elva has inspired Erie volunteers to help Erie clients develop language and computer skills, focus on health, and mentor students.

Stay tuned throughout the month to meet the 2021 Unsung Heroines of Cook County: https://bit.ly/2021CCunsungheroines

#WHM2021
#CCUnsungHeroine

Meet Elva Serna, Unsung Heroine for District 16. Elva is a Community Engagement Specialist with the Erie Neighborhood House. She recruits health promoters and community navigators to conduct outreach, training, and workshops to build leadership skills, knowledge, and job readiness within the immigrant community. She focused on helping undocumented residents, who were too fearful to share personal information on the 2020 Census, to participate so that their children would be counted. Elva has inspired Erie volunteers to help Erie clients develop language and computer skills, focus on health, and mentor students.

Stay tuned throughout the month to meet the 2021 Unsung Heroines of Cook County: https://bit.ly/2021CCunsungheroines

#WHM2021
#CCUnsungHeroine

Meet Mary Jo Imperato, Unsung Heroine for District 15. Beyond office hours, Mary Jo has devoted herself entirely to serv...
03/27/2021

Meet Mary Jo Imperato, Unsung Heroine for District 15. Beyond office hours, Mary Jo has devoted herself entirely to serving the needs of the community, specifically residents experiencing food insecurity and requiring help in accessing benefit assistance programs. Since the start of the pandemic, she has worked tirelessly to ensure that Hanover Township’s bilingual Food Pantry has remained open six days per week, even adjusting to curbside pickup and home deliveries. Mary Jo's engagement in her community, dedication and enthusiasm for serving the most vulnerable truly represents how one individual has stepped up to be a valuable resource and an inspiration to many.

Stay tuned throughout the month to meet the 2021 Unsung Heroines of Cook County: https://bit.ly/2021CCunsungheroines

#WHM2021
#CCUnsungHeroine

Meet Mary Jo Imperato, Unsung Heroine for District 15. Beyond office hours, Mary Jo has devoted herself entirely to serving the needs of the community, specifically residents experiencing food insecurity and requiring help in accessing benefit assistance programs. Since the start of the pandemic, she has worked tirelessly to ensure that Hanover Township’s bilingual Food Pantry has remained open six days per week, even adjusting to curbside pickup and home deliveries. Mary Jo's engagement in her community, dedication and enthusiasm for serving the most vulnerable truly represents how one individual has stepped up to be a valuable resource and an inspiration to many.

Stay tuned throughout the month to meet the 2021 Unsung Heroines of Cook County: https://bit.ly/2021CCunsungheroines

#WHM2021
#CCUnsungHeroine

Meet Amy Oberholtzer, Unsung Heroine for District 14. Amy is the founder of CATCH - Community Action Together for Childr...
03/25/2021

Meet Amy Oberholtzer, Unsung Heroine for District 14. Amy is the founder of CATCH - Community Action Together for Children's Health. Realizing her community needed to offer better support to parents and kids dealing with mental health issues, CATCH built relationships with schools, village leaders, and community members to increase mental health awareness. Under Amy’s firm commitment, CATCH hosted 10 events and partnered with more than 30 local mental health professionals to present information on a wide array of topics for discussion, brought 2 documentary screenings to the community and responded to numerous requests for help from parents looking for support.

Stay tuned throughout the month to meet the 2021 Unsung Heroines of Cook County: https://bit.ly/2021CCunsungheroines

#WHM2021
#CCUnsungHeroine

Meet Amy Oberholtzer, Unsung Heroine for District 14. Amy is the founder of CATCH - Community Action Together for Children's Health. Realizing her community needed to offer better support to parents and kids dealing with mental health issues, CATCH built relationships with schools, village leaders, and community members to increase mental health awareness. Under Amy’s firm commitment, CATCH hosted 10 events and partnered with more than 30 local mental health professionals to present information on a wide array of topics for discussion, brought 2 documentary screenings to the community and responded to numerous requests for help from parents looking for support.

Stay tuned throughout the month to meet the 2021 Unsung Heroines of Cook County: https://bit.ly/2021CCunsungheroines

#WHM2021
#CCUnsungHeroine

March 24 is #EqualPayDay, the day that marks how far into 2021 women must work to catch up to what men made at the end o...
03/24/2021
Equal Pay - Women Employed

March 24 is #EqualPayDay, the day that marks how far into 2021 women must work to catch up to what men made at the end of 2020. Women working full-time, year-round are typically paid just 82 cents for every dollar paid to men. Even with the same background, education, skills, same hours and in the same jobs, a gender #WageGap persists. Women deserve to be valued & paid the same as our male equivalents—and given an equal chance at economic security and advancement.

Learn more about the wage gap today: https://womenemployed.org/equal-pay/

#EqualPayDay2021

Equal Pay The Challenge A woman working in the U.S. today reckons with a persistent wage gap that can rob her of economic stability. If she is a woman of color, the impact is all the more dire. White women working full time make 79 cents for every dollar paid to white men. Asian American […]

Meet Jane Balaban, Unsung Heroine for District 13. Jane is a tireless champion of the forest preserves and an environmen...
03/24/2021

Meet Jane Balaban, Unsung Heroine for District 13. Jane is a tireless champion of the forest preserves and an environmental volunteer extraordinaire. Her efforts have contributed to dramatic improvements in the local forest preserves and brought together hundreds of volunteers annually who work to enrich the biodiversity of public nature preserves. She helped found the North Branch Restoration Project to take care of the forest preserves along the North Branch of the Chicago River. After 45 years, they now have 20 sites from Chicago to Northbrook and 90 volunteer stewards. Jane connects schools, faith communities and the general public to the local natural areas that enrich their lives.

Stay tuned throughout the month to meet the 2021 Unsung Heroines of Cook County: https://bit.ly/2021CCunsungheroines

#WHM2021
#CCUnsungHeroine

Meet Jane Balaban, Unsung Heroine for District 13. Jane is a tireless champion of the forest preserves and an environmental volunteer extraordinaire. Her efforts have contributed to dramatic improvements in the local forest preserves and brought together hundreds of volunteers annually who work to enrich the biodiversity of public nature preserves. She helped found the North Branch Restoration Project to take care of the forest preserves along the North Branch of the Chicago River. After 45 years, they now have 20 sites from Chicago to Northbrook and 90 volunteer stewards. Jane connects schools, faith communities and the general public to the local natural areas that enrich their lives.

Stay tuned throughout the month to meet the 2021 Unsung Heroines of Cook County: https://bit.ly/2021CCunsungheroines

#WHM2021
#CCUnsungHeroine

Meet Marci Sieracki, Unsung Heroine for District 12. Marci is the Regional Leader of Lasagna for Love, a grassroots orga...
03/23/2021

Meet Marci Sieracki, Unsung Heroine for District 12. Marci is the Regional Leader of Lasagna for Love, a grassroots organization that aims to positively impact communities by connecting neighbors through homemade meal delivery. When Marci first heard about this initiative, she was drawn in by the power of what one simple act of kindness can do. Under her leadership, the Chicago area volunteer base has grown from 17 volunteers in October 2020 to today’s 450 plus volunteers who have delivered over 2,000 meals to other families in the city.

Stay tuned throughout the month to meet the 2021 Unsung Heroines of Cook County: https://bit.ly/2021CCunsungheroines

#WHM2021
#CCUnsungHeroine

Meet Marci Sieracki, Unsung Heroine for District 12. Marci is the Regional Leader of Lasagna for Love, a grassroots organization that aims to positively impact communities by connecting neighbors through homemade meal delivery. When Marci first heard about this initiative, she was drawn in by the power of what one simple act of kindness can do. Under her leadership, the Chicago area volunteer base has grown from 17 volunteers in October 2020 to today’s 450 plus volunteers who have delivered over 2,000 meals to other families in the city.

Stay tuned throughout the month to meet the 2021 Unsung Heroines of Cook County: https://bit.ly/2021CCunsungheroines

#WHM2021
#CCUnsungHeroine

Meet Sarah Dynia, Unsung Heroine for District 11. Sarah founded Stuffed Love with a mission is to share “that little bit...
03/22/2021

Meet Sarah Dynia, Unsung Heroine for District 11. Sarah founded Stuffed Love with a mission is to share “that little bit of hope” through hand-stitched heart pillows to all those that need it. Across the country, Stuffed Love partners with organizations that assist veterans, individuals with developmental disabilities, those facing economic difficulties, and more. Stuffed Love’s biggest project is with Conquering CHD, a national organization for individuals and families affected by congenital heart defects. The hand-stitched heart pillows are used to prop up IVs, provide comfort after heart surgery, and as a treasured memento for the difficult times the family has survived.

Stay tuned throughout the month to meet the 2021 Unsung Heroines of Cook County: https://bit.ly/2021CCunsungheroines

#WHM2021
#CCUnsungHeroine

Meet Sarah Dynia, Unsung Heroine for District 11. Sarah founded Stuffed Love with a mission is to share “that little bit of hope” through hand-stitched heart pillows to all those that need it. Across the country, Stuffed Love partners with organizations that assist veterans, individuals with developmental disabilities, those facing economic difficulties, and more. Stuffed Love’s biggest project is with Conquering CHD, a national organization for individuals and families affected by congenital heart defects. The hand-stitched heart pillows are used to prop up IVs, provide comfort after heart surgery, and as a treasured memento for the difficult times the family has survived.

Stay tuned throughout the month to meet the 2021 Unsung Heroines of Cook County: https://bit.ly/2021CCunsungheroines

#WHM2021
#CCUnsungHeroine

Meet Killian, Unsung Heroine for District 10. Killian defines civic activism with over 2 decades of volunteerism in her ...
03/19/2021

Meet Killian, Unsung Heroine for District 10. Killian defines civic activism with over 2 decades of volunteerism in her Edgewater community focusing on food and clothing drives, recycling, affordable housing, historic preservation, crime and justice reform. In 1988, at the onset of the AIDs epidemic, Killian was a founding volunteer at Open Hand and AIDs Walk Chicago. In 2018 she created the Waste Initiative, advocating rethinking of Chicago’s recycling. She helps organize citywide town hall meetings to discuss landfill diversion and the future of waste management.

Stay tuned throughout the month to meet the 2021 Unsung Heroines of Cook County: https://bit.ly/2021CCunsungheroines

#WHM2021
#CCUnsungHeroine

Meet Killian, Unsung Heroine for District 10. Killian defines civic activism with over 2 decades of volunteerism in her Edgewater community focusing on food and clothing drives, recycling, affordable housing, historic preservation, crime and justice reform. In 1988, at the onset of the AIDs epidemic, Killian was a founding volunteer at Open Hand and AIDs Walk Chicago. In 2018 she created the Waste Initiative, advocating rethinking of Chicago’s recycling. She helps organize citywide town hall meetings to discuss landfill diversion and the future of waste management.

Stay tuned throughout the month to meet the 2021 Unsung Heroines of Cook County: https://bit.ly/2021CCunsungheroines

#WHM2021
#CCUnsungHeroine

Meet Mary, Unsung Heroine for District 9. Five years ago, Mary joined Opportunity Knocks (OK), an organization that serv...
03/19/2021

Meet Mary, Unsung Heroine for District 9. Five years ago, Mary joined Opportunity Knocks (OK), an organization that serves young people who have developmental disabilities through social, recreational, and life-skills programs. Mary is not just a 9-5 dedicated employee; she puts in hundreds of volunteer hours in after-work programs. One especially important annual event is the Softball Tournament that several OK staff, including Mary, participate in as volunteers. Mary also assists in recruiting volunteers into OK’s after work hours programs.

Stay tuned throughout the month to meet the 2021 Unsung Heroines of Cook County: https://bit.ly/2021CCunsungheroines

#WHM2021
#CCUnsungHeroine

Meet Mary, Unsung Heroine for District 9. Five years ago, Mary joined Opportunity Knocks (OK), an organization that serves young people who have developmental disabilities through social, recreational, and life-skills programs. Mary is not just a 9-5 dedicated employee; she puts in hundreds of volunteer hours in after-work programs. One especially important annual event is the Softball Tournament that several OK staff, including Mary, participate in as volunteers. Mary also assists in recruiting volunteers into OK’s after work hours programs.

Stay tuned throughout the month to meet the 2021 Unsung Heroines of Cook County: https://bit.ly/2021CCunsungheroines

#WHM2021
#CCUnsungHeroine

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Way to make an impact and get closer to a cure, Ginger!