Nominate your favorite local feminist superhero: Women Who Dared 2020

Rep. Kelly Cassidy and Sendy Soto accept their awards at Women Who Dared 2019

Rep. Kelly Cassidy and Sendy Soto accept their awards at Women Who Dared 2019

The Chicago Chapter of the National Organization for Women is seeking nominations for Women Who Dared, our annual awards gala celebrating feminist superheroes dedicated to making our city and state a better place for all women and girls. Each fall, we honor one elected official and one community organizer working to serve and uplift women and girls in our city and beyond. This year’s event will be held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Know of a badass Chicago shero who’s fighting to transform the lives of women and girls? Nominate her for Women Who Dared! Please include her name and a brief summary explaining your nomination by July 15.

Join us in the fight for equality and justice for all women and girls. Nominate your favorite feminist superhero for Woman Who Dared today!

Thank you for attending Women Who Dared!

We couldn’t have done it without you.
Thank you for being part of Chicago NOW’s Women Who Dared 2019! We are thrilled that so many of you were able to join us as we honored and thanked Rep. Kelly Cassidy and Sendy Soto for their important contributions to the local feminist community.

Rep. Kelly Cassidy and Sendy Soto pose with CNOW Board Members at our Women Who Dared event on October 2.

Sendy Soto and Rep. Kelly Cassidy pose with CNOW Board Members at our Women Who Dared event on October 2.

Sendy Soto and Rep. Kelly Cassidy pose with CNOW Board Members.

Your support is crucial to our success.
Chicago NOW is an all-volunteer chapter dedicated to making our city a better place for women and girls. Our work is financed solely by contributions from members, donors and sponsors. Your support of events like Women Who Dared enables us to continue our important activist work.

Chicago NOW is dedicated to making our city a better place for women and girls by:

  • Advocating for economic equity that affects all women and particularly women of color
  • Working to end violence against women in all its forms
  • Advancing the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) to the U.S. Constitution
  • Defending and supporting LGBTQ rights
  • Amplifying women’s voices and leading the way for systemic change in racial justice
  • Fighting for reproductive justice
Want to get more involved with Chicago NOW?
Follow us on social media! And, stay tuned for info on our open board meeting this December, when we’ll elect our 2020 board and toast our accomplishments. Join us for cocktails and dinner, get to know our board members, and find out how you can continue to supercharge the feminist fight.

Thank you again for helping us fight for equality and justice for all women and girls!

Hannah Bonecutter Performs “Don’t Compare” at our Give Your Choice a Voice event

It is with great pleasure that I share with you my most recent spoken word performance this year 2019! This piece entitled “Don’t Compare” was performed for the nonprofit National Organization of Women (NOW) Chicago Chapter in April 2019 at The Den Theatre in Chicago, IL.

For a quick summary, it is a piece about the extensive, frequent, and demeaning comparisons that society (in many ways and on many levels) makes on the bodily autonomy, intellectual abilities, and other skills of women.

Emergency Action: Rally to Save Roe – Monday, May 20th!

Georgia. Alabama. Ohio. Indiana. Missouri. The list of states passing reckless, dangerous and unconstitutional bans on abortion seems to grow by the day. One thing is clear beyond any doubt – anti-abortion forces will not stop until Roe v. Wade is overturned and access to safe, legal abortion ceases to exist. We must act now to save Roe.

Join us this Monday, May 20 at 5:00 p.m. at Federal Plaza in downtown Chicago (Adams and Dearborn) for the Rally to Save Roe!

We will be joined by a coalition of organizations committed to protecting access to women’s reproductive healthcare, and we will learn how we can take action in Illinois. Right now, the Illinois House of Representatives is considering the Reproductive Health Act, a measure designed to protect and ensure access to abortion care, contraceptives and maternal care in Illinois. Contact your state representative and MAKE them vote on this bill here.

The rally also will feature a number of women dressed as handmaids, based on characters from Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” – a dystopian novel about a future world that treats women as property of the state. We cannot allow that story to move from fiction to reality.
Join us for this event – and spread the word.