2018 Women Who Dared Nominations Are Open!

The Chicago Chapter of the National Organization for Women is seeking nominations for Women Who Dared, our annual award ceremony recognizing the vital work of women making a difference in Chicago. Each fall, CNOW honors one elected official and one community leader working to serve and uplift women and girls in our city and beyond.

Recent past honorees on the elected official side include Representative Sara Feigenholtz, Congresswoman Robin Kelly, City Clerk Susana Mendoza, and Judge Gloria Chevere. Community leader honorees have included Tamar Manasseh of Mothers/Men Against Senseless Killings, Charlene Carruthers of BYP100, and Scheherazade Tillet of A Long Walk Home. At the Women Who Dared event later this year, you will hear from these amazing women and be part of the conversation about CNOW’s future.

Now, we want to hear from you! Click here to nominate a Chicago woman who has made a difference in the past year. We can’t wait to hear about all the amazing Women Who Dared in Chicago!

Chicago NOW Partners with the Illinois Gun Violence Prevention Coalition to Stem the Tide of Violence Against Women

Gun violence is a feminist concern.  It is five times more likely that a domestic violence situation will turn deadly if a gun is present. On average, 50 American women are murdered monthly by intimate partners through gun violence. American women are 16 times more likely to be murdered with a gun than women in other high-income countries.

Federal law prohibits gun sales to persons with domestic abuse convictions.  But that does not stop these persons from trying to obtain guns.  One in seven unlawful gun buyers stopped by a federal background check has been convicted of domestic violence. Because abusers can avoid federally mandated background checks by buying guns from unlicensed sellers, these sales pose a significant danger to women.

The Illinois Gun Violence Prevention Coalition has been working tirelessly to close this loop-hole.  Just before the primary, the Illinois Legislature passed the Gun Dealer Licensing Act (SB1657). Governor Rauner vetoed it.  It’s now up to your state legislators to override the veto.

Will you call your legislator today?

Will you help work to pass the Gun Dealer Licensing Act and other important safety measures in Illinois?

Over the next few months, we will be presenting and promoting ways that you can get involved to help pass common-sense gun reform in Illinois.

Join us.

We have an action item for all CNOW supporters this week:

We need you to contact your State Senator and ask them to VOTE YES to override Governor Rauner’s veto of SB 1657.

Please go to this website to be connected to your IL State Senator. Please email them first and then call them for extra points.

2018 First Round CNOW PAC Endorsements

Cook County Wide Candidates

  • Board President: Toni Preckwinkle
  • Treasurer: Peter Gariepy

Cook County Commissioners:

  • 1st District: Brandon Johnson
  • 2nd District: Dennis Deer
  • 3rd District: Charise Williams
  • 4th District: Gaylon Alcaraz
  • 6th District: Donna Miller
  • 10th District: Bridget Gainer
  • 12th District: John Fritchey
  • 13th District: Larry Suffredin
  • 15th District: Kevin B. Morrison

Board of Review, 2nd District: Michael Cabonargi

Metropolitan Water Reclamation District:

  • 6-year term: Debra Shore & Kari Steele
  • 2-year term: Kim DuBuclet

Judicial Candidates, Countywide

  • Brewer Vacancy: Judge Oran F. Whiting
  • Clay Vacancy: Jonathan Clark Green
  • Rooney Vacancy: Jack Hagerty
  • McGinnis Vacancy: Peter Michael Gonzalez
  • Dunford Vacancy: Tom McGuire
  • Dooling Vacancy: Tom Sianis

Judicial Candidates, Subcircuits:

  • 2nd, Laws Vacancy: Judge Adrienne Davis
  • 2nd, Turner, Jr. Vacancy: Judge Travis Richardson
  • 2nd, Willis Vacancy: Judge Debra Seaton
  • 4th, Davy Vacancy: Caroline Jamieson Golden
  • 4th, Riley Vacancy: Martin Reggi
  • 6th, Chevere Vacancy: Judge Kent Delgado
  • 6th, Cooke Vacancy: Ed Underhill
  • 6th, Lopez Cepero Vacancy: Judge Stephanie Miller
  • 8th, Fabri Vacancy: Judge Robin Shoffner
  • 8th, Liu Vacancy: Judge Michael A. Forti
  • 8th, Pethers Vacancy: Judge Myron “Mike” Mackoff
  • 10th, O’Neill Burke Vacancy: Judge Stephanie Saltouros
  • 10th, Suriano Vacancy: Colleen Reardon Daly
  • 11th, Kennedy Vacancy: Judge Joanne Rosado

Only candidates who submit a questionnaire are considered for endorsement.
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ILLINOIS ACTION ALERT: The No Salary History act is back!

The No Salary History act that Governor Rauner vetoed is back in the play! According to the Illinois General Assembly page, HB4163 would prohibit an employer from: “(i) screening job applicants based on their wage or salary history, (ii) requiring that an applicant’s prior wages satisfy minimum or maximum criteria, and (iii) requesting or requiring as a condition of being interviewed or as a condition of continuing to be considered for an offer of employment that an applicant disclose prior wages or salary.”

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Without legal protections to keep earnings information confidential, wage gaps are perpetuated. For ever $21 a white man makes, Asian women make $18, white women make $17, black women make $13, and Hispanic women make $12.

Let your state senator and representative know what you think! It only takes a minute to support HB4163 by filling out this witness slip.

You can also find your representative’s contact info here.

CNOW Statement on Bannon at University of Chicago

As an engaged community organization dedicated to racial justice, LGBTQ equality, and women’s rights, we at the Chicago Chapter of the National Organization for Women would urge the University of Chicago leadership to take a critical look at the message Steve Bannon’s invitation sends to the university and surrounding community. Steve Bannon peddles in racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic, and islamophobic ideology that further marginalizes already underrepresented individuals.

Steve Bannon is one of the most prominent figures in the alt-right movement. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the alt-right is a set of “far-right ideologies” for which at its core is the idea that “‘white identity’ is under attack by multicultural forces using ‘political correctness’ and ‘social justice’ to undermine white people and ‘their’ civilization.” This ideology embraces “white ethno-nationalism” as a fundamental value. At the heart of the alt-right movement is the idea of white superiority and that white people must have their own state to preserve their culture. Such an ideology is completely inconsistent with the value of fostering a diverse and dynamic campus culture.

We understand the University’s commitment to challenging beliefs and sharing opposition views in order to foster an intellectual discussion. However, we must recognize that there is a difference between opposing views and the normalization of hate speech. When an individual who has scapegoated Muslims, derided the value of women, attacked the LGBTQ community, and pushed for white identity politics is invited to speak, it sends a strong message contrary to the message of inclusion and critical dialogue espoused by the University.

I, personally, as the President of Chicago NOW and an alumna of the college, was very dismayed to hear that invitation was extended on the campus I was privileged to call my home for four amazing years. As a Latina and an ally to marginalized communities, I feel it is necessary to urge my alma mater to hold tight to the values of openness and acceptance that it instilled in me.

In Solidarity,

Paloma Delgadillo
President of the Chicago Chapter of the National Organization for Women
Bachelors of Arts 2015, University of Chicago