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.
In 2016, the DNC featured several of the stars of Every Day Is Election Day: A Woman’s Guide: Toni Preckwinkle, Cecile Richards, Lisa Madigan,and Jan Schakowsky. Undaunted, and as #ShePersisted, we continue our #GirlPolitics advocacy today. Below are some photos of such work from my Every Day Is Election Day: A Women’s Guide book tour. (And here is a fact sheet about the book.)