Women in Chicago aren’t giving up on fair pay

In 2009 Samantha Whitney was Chief Operating Officer for a global professional services firm in Chicago. She had just started a family and was at what she thought was the top of her game.

Whitney was walking with her newborn when she got a call from her boss that made her world come crashing down. He called just hours before the firm filed for bankruptcy.

She was faced with a decision to give her life new direction: become a stay-at-home mom, find a new job or start her own business. Continue reading

‘City of Monuments’ No Longer a Man’s World

Concept by StudioEIS and the 1717 Design Group. (Photo from the Women’s Monument Commission)

Concept by StudioEIS and the 1717 Design Group. (Photo from the Women’s Monument Commission)

By Alix Hines
Capital News Service

RICHMOND – Richmond is called the City of Monuments, whether it’s for the grand statues lining Monument Avenue or the historical figures overlooking Capitol Square. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Robert E. Lee, J.E.B Stuart, Stonewall Jackson and even Arthur Ashe are among the figures Richmond honors with monuments in their name.

See a pattern there? None of those statues depict women. Continue reading

Women Still Underrepresented in Virginia Politics

By Paige Baxter and Alix Hines

Capital News Service

[Editor’s note: This is a special report about women in politics. It also includes an interactive timeline; charts documenting the underrepresentation of women in the Virginia General Assembly and every state; avideo of three politically involved women discussing the issue; and a sidebar about plans to build a monument honoring Virginia women on the state Capitol grounds.]

Historical marker in Richmond. (Photo by Paige Baxter, CNS)

Historical marker in Richmond. (Photo by Paige Baxter, CNS)

By Paige Baxter and Alix Hines

Capital News Service

RICHMOND – Susan B. Anthony, Carrie Chapman Catt and Lucy Stone were among the national leaders of the suffragist movement in the United States. But several Virginians also paved the way for women in politics today.

Ellen Glasgow, Adèle Clark and Lila Meade Valentine were among the women who joined to create Virginia’s Equal Suffrage League. Later, that organization became the League of Women Voters of Virginia, which is dedicated to educating all citizens about civic issues. Continue reading