This photo montage from the 2016 DNC features several of the women stars of Every Day Is Election Day: A Woman’s Guide: Toni Preckwinkle, Cecile Richards, Lisa Madigan, Jan Schakowsky, and Barbara Flynn Currie. Undaunted, and as #ShePersisted, they continue their #GirlPolitics advocacy.
Here is some background on my collaborations with these and many other fabulously committed women: I began my public career as a campus leader advocating for women’s reproductive health services. After graduation, I became a community organizer and moved to Chicago, where I built the Illinois Women’s Agenda, a statewide organizational coalition; the Midwest Women’s Center, one of the nation’s first women’s centers; and the Women’s Issues Network, which produced a national campaign for RU-486 featuring Cybill Shepherd.
I have advised celebrities, business leaders, public officials, philanthropists, and social justice organizations and their leaders on the inextricably-linked issues of women’s health, economic security, and human rights. Every Day Is Election Day: A Woman’s Guide, along with my speaking and teaching, are the latest chapters in this activist’s life story of working for justice and joy for every woman and girl.