Event in Carbondale Will Try to Engage Women in Politics

Jul 9, 2018

A panel is traveling across Illinois to hear about what it's like to be a female in politics.

The  Anti-Harassment, Equality and Access Panel is hosting listening sessions to hear about sexual harassment in the political workplace.

The non-partisan panel is led by state officials.

Becky Carroll is Communications Director for the group. She says their  findings on workplace sexual harassment can apply to all political races, not just in Illinois.
"I  think human behavior is human behavior so we're going to see this in different forms and different levels across the country."

This organization is one of many focusing on female candidates.

Gender  Watch is an organization that analyzes political gender dynamics. Communications Director Amanda Hunter says the time is now to pay  attention to women engaged in politics.
"There are more women than ever running for office, but there are more women marching  organizing,  volunteering on those campaigns and on the front lines of a lot of  different social movements right now in a way that we haven't seen in a very long time."
The Anti-Harassment, Equality and Access Panel plans to create a report of their findings by August 16th.

A listening session is scheduled for Carbondale on July 26th.

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