Women in the Illinois Senate Are Creating Their Own Caucus

Nov 9, 2017

Women in the Illinois Senate plan to advance their voices in leadership with the creation of their own caucus.

Women on both sides of the aisle say they’ve had a significant role in crafting policy, but may not always get the credit they deserve.

“I think the style of women is very different. We don’t have to have the pissing contest.”

That was State Senator Kimberly Lightford, a Democrat from Maywood, suggesting that women focus on getting things done.

“I think we get skipped over often and this environment so hopefully this caucus can stand together and encourage our leadership to appoint more women in leadership as they become available.”

The creation of the caucus comes sexual harassment and misconduct have become hot topics in the statehouse. The caucus says this will be at the top of their agenda in their first meeting in January.

Meanwhile, an attempt to override the Governor’s veto on a measure that aimed to close the women’s pay gap failed in the Senate.