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Anti-Harassment, Equality, and Access Panel
Comptroller Susana A. Mendoza, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos and myself have agreed to serve on this panel because it is clear that institutionalized systems have perpetuated sexism, sexual harassment, and inequality in our state’s political system. We thank the women who have come forward with their experiences for their bravery and courage.
We recognize the importance and benefit to everyone when women are in positions of influential leadership and are active in all levels of our political system, from campaign staff to candidate. All women should be able to engage, achieve and excel in the workplace without fear of being excluded, harassed, discriminated, or retaliated against. It shouldn’t matter whether you work in a restaurant, a factory, a board room, a state capitol or a political campaign.
When any woman finds herself being sexually harassed, resources should be readily available for her to seek justice and hold the perpetrators accountable. Survivors of sexual harassment must feel that their claims will be taken seriously, addressed promptly and that they can report incidents without fear of retribution. The culture of the ‘good old boy’ network is not changing fast enough and our panel will seek to accelerate the change of that culture.
Since the hashtag MeToo caught fire in 2017, we have seen a flood of sexual harassment victims come forward. This is a problem on all levels of government and in all parties. The only significant and sustaining solution will be to change the dynamics and composition of leadership in politics.
We have begun discussions about how to structure this panel and define its mission to include the voices of women around Illinois and make recommendations. At its core, in order for this panel to be effective in presenting legitimate findings and effective solutions, it must be completely independent. We take this responsibility seriously and, in the coming days, we will be publicly outlining the scope of the panel’s goals and our timeline after we have the opportunity to discuss the most effective path forward as a team.
Hiring A Panel Coordinator
The mission of the Anti-Harassment, Equality, and Access Panel is to engage our primary stakeholder, women in Democratic politics, to identify and help eliminate obstacles, including sexual harassment, and to elevate women into positions of leadership in the Illinois Democratic Party by providing recommendations to promote a culture of equity, safety, and respect.
Panel members are Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza, U.S. Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, and State Representative Carol Ammons.
The position of Panel Coordinator is to execute the plans and goals outlined by the Panel members. This position is responsible for developing a statewide presence of the Panel and engaging with stakeholders to ensure a comprehensive analysis is completed. The Panel Coordinator reports directly to the Panel members.
Temporary employment of 4-6 months, beginning April 1st, possibly sooner.
Expected to work hours necessary to meet deadline for report.
Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.
Apply at http://bit.ly/2oNghvy.
Execute mission of the Panel as directed by Panel members
Assist in fundraising to support Panel work
Organize numerous town halls statewide
Develop and oversee Panel budget
Facilitate research/policy needs
Coordinate with individual elected staff support for scheduling and messaging
Serve as media liaison for the Panel as needed. Serve as a spokesperson to the media as directed by Panel and Panel’s communication team
Oversee development and completion of a summary report at end of Panel process
Other duties as assigned
Highly organized and able to work with multiple team members
Willingness and, preferably but not required, experience engaging with the media in a professional capacity, including writing and speaking
Strong oral and verbal communication skills
Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of sexual harassment and sex-based discrimination in the workplace
Knowledge of Illinois politics and political history
Proficient in Google Suite, and moderately skilled in graphic design and website design and maintenance
Has a vehicle, valid Illinois driver’s license, and the willingness to travel to events throughout the state.
Questions can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org
Carol has demonstrated her commitment and ability to work effectively as an elected official on the state and local level. She has consistently been a leading voice for meaningful policy changes that positively impact our most marginalized community members. In her first term as State Representative, Carol was extremely successful in passing legislation with bipartisan support.
This year will be the 3rd Annual Women Making Waves Brunch and Panel Discussion. This year’s keynote address will be from Lori Gold Patterson. Lori is a dynamic, successful entrepreneur in a male-dominated field. She will share with us what drives her, her path to success, and how she’s using her position to help more women climb the ladder.
Your voice truly matters and this is a great way to be heard. Community Advisory Panels assist in monitoring the bills that are being introduced, assessing them for how they will impact the 103rd district, and developing legislation. Interested in joining the conversation? There are many ways to participate.
In November of 2014 voters elected the first African-American and African-American female state Representative of the 103rd District. This was made possible because over 200 volunteers knocked on more than 20,000 doors, made more than 16,000 phone calls, sent out 2,500 thank you cards, and registered more than 2,500 voters.