Mayor Lightfoot honors women leaders in Chicago community


CHICAGO – Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot will join other city and community leaders today for a celebratory virtual event to commemorate Women’s History Month by honoring 24 community leaders for their commitment to supporting and to defend the city of Chicago.

“As Chicago’s second female mayor, I know that the success of our great city has always depended on the unprecedented triumphs and sacrifices women have endured,” said Mayor Lightfoot. “I am honored to work with so many amazing people who have been on the front lines during the pandemic. We’re here to celebrate how the women of Chicago run our economy, help reform education, keep the public healthy, and more. I thank each of you for your resilience in the face of disproportionate conflict and want you to know that I am working tirelessly to expand opportunities. ”

The recipients were selected based on their leadership and contribution to Chicago in various industries including art and culture, health and medicine, technology, business, community empowerment, civil rights, education, youth awareness and immigration rights. While the work of these individuals has always been important, their dedication has been essential in overcoming the significant challenges all communities face as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and calls for change.

“Women leaders come in all forms, from working mothers, to single mothers, to mothers who also take care of elderly relatives, to those in the health, legal and non-profit sectors, government and business, ”said the Commissioner. from the Chicago Human Relations Commission, Nancy Andrade. “Women support each other; we are a real brotherhood. I can’t wait to rejuvenate myself and be inspired by other women leaders.

“It is a great honor to participate in this wonderful event in honor of these amazing women from all over our city,” said Clerk Valencia. “When women hold positions of power and have the resources they need to be successful, we all succeed, our communities prosper.”

Among the extraordinary leaders honored tonight is Chinese-American champion and Chicago defender Bernie Wong, recipient of the Legacy Award.

“I would like to sincerely thank Mayor Lightfoot and the City of Chicago for this prestigious honor and kind support,” said Bernie Wong. “I have been fortunate enough to be a part of many wonderful campaigns in Chicago and have always championed the voices of women and immigrants. I have seen first-hand the challenge immigrant women face in their quest for the dignity and respect they rightly deserve. I hope my time spent improving senior housing, building community relationships, and advising on several boards has had a profound impact on the Asian community. -american as a whole.

Gender rights and equality

Chicago Women’s March Board of Directors: Dr Dilara Sayeed, Jaquie Algee, Deborah Cosey-Lane, Diane Latiker, Sheryl Holman, Rudy Garrett, Graciella Guzman, Sara Kurensky

Community builder

Commissioner Francine Washington, Chicago Housing Authority Board of Commissioners

LGBTQ + activism

Tracy Baim, Windy City Times

Immigrant rights

Mary Meg McCarthy, Heartland Alliance National Immigrant Justice Center

health and wellbeing

Maria Pesqueria, Healthy Communities Foundation


Tammera Holmes, Institut Aerostar Avion

Personal services

Fatima Abu-Eid, Sanad Social Services

Arts and culture

Josephine Lee, Chicago Children’s Choir


Belinda Wordlaw, Raise the Energy


Sophie Evanoff, Vanilla Pastry


Elizabeth “Betsy” Ziegler, 1871

Defense of the rights of the elderly

Mary Anderson, AARP

Heritage Award

Bernie wong

The City of Chicago to Live Stream the Event on Mayor Lightfoot’s Social Media, including Facebook and Twitter.



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