State Rep. Sara Wojcicki Jimenez sits behind a stack of reports and findings related to the House Sexual Discrimination and Harassment Task Force.

Rachel Otwell/NPR Illinois

October 17, 2018

IL + #MeToo: “You Can’t Legislate That”

This month marks a year since the Me Too movement went viral as a hashtag on social media (after having first been started in 2006 by Tarana Burke.) This week, we hear from several women in Illinois whose work in government has been affected. Today we hear from State Rep. Sara Wojcicki Jimenez of Springfield who is the Republican spokesperson for the House Sexual Discrimination and Harassment Task Force.


#MeToo and Academia

Women and Gender In Global Perspectives website

October 16, 2018

U Of I Law Professor: Power Dynamics Make Academia ‘Ripe For Abuse’

In the wake of the #MeToo movement, more victims are coming forward to report sexual harassment and assault. But when the victim is a student and the abuser is a professor, the power differential can be a barrier to students speaking out, according to the organizers of an upcoming “#MeToo and Academia” panel discussion at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Comptroller Susana Mendoza addresses a women's march earlier this year in Springfield.

Brian Mackey/NPR Illinois

October 16, 2018

IL + #MeToo: The Push For More Women In Politics

This month marks a year since the Me Too movement went viral as a hashtag on social media (after having first been started in 2006 by Tarana Burke.) This week, we hear from several women in Illinois whose work in government has been affected. The first woman we spoke to is Susana Mendoza, state Comptroller and member of the Illinois Anti-harassment Equality and Access Panel.


U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis will take on Democratic challenger Betsy Dirksen Londrigan in November in the 13th Congressional District.

Provided by Davis and Londrigan campaigns.

September 30, 2018

Illinois Candidates For 13th Congressional Race Weigh In on Kavanaugh, Ford Testimony

The candidates running for Illinois’s 13th Congressional District weighed in on the testimony provided last Thursday by Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, and one of his accusers, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. But only one provided a straight answer when asked whether or not they support a full investigation into the allegation of sexual assault.


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September 27, 2018

WATCH/LISTEN: Kavanaugh-Ford Testify Before Senate Judiciary

Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh and the woman who has accused him of sexually assaulting her in high school, Christine Blasey Ford, are testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Watch the proceeding live.


Melody Benjamin works as a personal assistant for her mother Mae Benjamin.

Courtesy of Melody Benjamin

September 25, 2018

Illinois Issues: The Janus Effect - Will African-American Women Pay?

Some experts say black women could feel financial pain if union membership declines as a result of a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision, which decreed that public sector unions can no longer force workers they represent to pay fees in lieu of union dues. But conservative groups are cheering Janus v. AFSCME as a victory for workers’ free speech rights.


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