She Votes Illinois Fundraiser: Women’s Refugee Commission

She Votes Illinois is a statewide political action committee aimed at highlighting the importance of women’s voices in elections, government, and policymaking. Our work focuses on three things: voting, education, and getting more women involved in politics. We are a grassroots team of Illinois women who want to get people in Illinois excited about, and engaged in, politics through the elections in 2018 and beyond.

We work to make sure all women can vote in every state and local election. We work to ensure our elected officials and candidates for office understand the issues most important to Illinois women, and we help our elected officials create and enforce policies that uplift us all. We work to support women entering into state and local politics­—whether that be by running for office, working on campaigns, lobbying for women’s rights, or through political activism.

She Votes Illinois was founded when a few women got together over coffee in 2017. We were disappointed that there were no women running for governor of Illinois—especially since Illinois has never had a woman serve as governor. We decided to address this lack of representation directly, in a way that engaged the field of candidates running for the Democratic nomination. We wanted the candidates in the race to answer questions about issues unique to the women of Illinois, so we organized a Women’s Forum. More than 500 people attended our inaugural event, where we questioned and challenged the candidates on the record on a wide range of issues that included violence against women, equal pay for equal work, and access to choice in healthcare.

We created She Votes Illinois to host the Women’s Forum, but we aren’t ending it there. We’re building a diverse organization that recognizes that we are at one of those crucial junctures in our history: a moment of social and political hardship, where so many of our lives are at risk. We are fighting for a state where all women experience justice, equity, and political representation. We hope you’ll join us.