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Illinois League of Women Voters and other things you are totally interested in

Due to my extreme interest and involvement in Frances Willard, I was invited by someone who works with the Frances Willard Historical Association to attend the Illinois League of Women Voters' luncheon in honor of its 95th year of existence AND its founder Carrie Chapman Catt AND women in politics.

This was held at the Place of Fancytimes, i.e. the Union League Club. Would you like to see its fanciness, yes of course you would:


The speaker was Dianne Bystrom, the director of the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics. The main reason I was excited was because there was going to be a talk on Carrie Chapman Catt. WOULDN'T YOU BE SHE IS VERY IMPORTANT. 

Carrie Chapman Catt: Gettin' shit done like a boss

She was the president of NAWSA (National American Woman's Suffrage Association), which is the group Alice Paul SPLINTERED from because she wanted them to be more radical. But Catt worked with Susan B. Anthony and Jane Addams and Elizabeth Stone Blackwell and Anna Howard Shaw and basically everyone important to the suffrage movement, so be aware of it.

Bystrom gave a brief overview of her life, and then the timeline of women's suffrage in the United States, followed by a talk about women in politics today, which mostly discussed numbers and then she said that one of the key differences between women and men when they're deciding whether to run for political office is women have to be asked to do it, whereas men are more "I am awesome and should get this job."

Unless you are Leslie Knope, in which case you are great and we should
all look up to you in all things including waffle-eating

The Illinois attorney general, Lisa Madigan, was there, which meant I got to elbow my way past many many older ladies as soon as the lunch ended so that I could thank her for her support of marriage equality in Illinois in 2013. THEY WERE VERY EMOTIONAL TIMES you do not even know, and having people in power in Illinois say they supported marriage equality when other people were saying very, very hurtful things meant a huge amount. 

Lisa Madigan refused to defend the ban on it, which was our very government saying "this is bullshit," which is what you need to hear when you have another large group saying you're an unfit parent and can't be monogamous and that they really just feel very icky about you. So I remain very grateful to her, and I'm glad I got to thank her two years after the fact.



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