Women Electing Women

Groups Focus On #MeToo In Campaign Workplaces

Jul 9, 2018

A panel is traveling across Illinois to hear about what it’s like to be a female in politics. The Anti-Harassment, Equality and Access Panel is hosting listening sessions to hear about sexual harassment in the political workplace.

The non-partisan panel is led by Comptroller Susana Mendoza, State Sen. Melinda Bush, and State Rep. Carol Ammons. 

Becky Carroll is Communications Director for the group. She says their findings on workplace sexual harassment can apply to all political races, not just in Illinois.

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U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos and State Rep. Litesa Wallace are guiding women on everything from making campaign buttons to creating yard signs and explaining different political office positions.

Participants will learn skills like forming a committee and making a press release, according to Barb Verni-Lau, a Rockford resident who helped organize the event.

She’s joining efforts with Bustos and Wallace, both Democrats, to guide women who are interested in the political field but don’t know where to begin.