Personal PAC’s 26th Annual Awards Luncheon
Featuring: Cecile Richards
Honoring: Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, and the Hope Clinic for Women
More information about the keynote speaker and honorees below.
Chicago Hilton International Ballroom, 720 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL
Monday, September 23, 2019 | Registration and Reception: 11:00 AM | Luncheon Program: Noon
Cecile Richards (above right) is a national leader for women’s rights and the author of the New York Times bestseller Make Trouble. As President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America for 12 years, Richards worked to increase affordable access to reproductive health care and to build a healthier and safer world for women. After starting her career as a labor organizer, she went on to start her own grassroots organizations, and later served as Deputy Chief of Staff to House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. In 2011 and 2012, she was named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World.
U.S. Representative Jan Schakowsky is currently serving her eleventh term for Illinois’ 9th Congressional District. A longtime grassroots organizer and consumer advocate, Schakowsky now serves in the House Democratic Leadership. Schakowsky focuses on health care and senior issues and has won major legislative victories including important provisions in the Affordable Care Act. We are most grateful for Jan’s advocacy for women’s issues. Schakowsky has long been involved in the fight to protect reproductive rights and continues her work to prevent violence against immigrant women, achieve economic justice, and establish transitional housing for women and children who are victims of abuse.
Recently elected as Chicago’s first openly LGBTQ and first female, African American mayor, Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot has built her career as a fierce advocate for progressive issues, including LGBTQ rights and access to reproductive healthcare. In her mayoral inaugural address, Mayor Lightfoot spoke to the hateful anti-choice legislation enacted in Alabama and Georgia that sought to deprive women of their fundamental rights. Mayor Lightfoot has also sponsored City Council resolutions in support of the RHA and defending the Roe v. Wade. She has served on the boards of progressive and pro-choice organizations including NARAL Illinois, ACLU Illinois, and the Center for Conflict Resolution.
As additional restrictions to reproductive healthcare are enacted across the country, Hope Clinic stands as a beacon of hope for women in the Midwest. The clinic’s Executive Director, Erin King, MD, recently testified about dangerous Missouri abortion laws. While the clinic is located in Illinois, over half of the patients seen at Hope are Missouri residents. Dr. King spoke from her experience as a gynecologist providing reproductive healthcare on both sides of the Mississippi River in two states that see health care access for women very differently. The clinic’s caring staff and highly skilled physicians offer the very best in medical care during this challenging time. Their specialists in abortion care have been serving the greater St. Louis region since 1974.