Illinois officials say the state should be doing more to level the playing field for women and girls. A council working toward that goal released its first annual report today. 

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Terry Hickey of Dayempur Herbals about the upcoming Women's Health Naturally conference.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Rachel Brenningmeyer of The Women's Center and Actor/Director Emily Haymans Cook about the upcoming performances of The Vagina Monologues.

All Illinois employers would have to conduct sexual harassment training under sweeping legislation adopted in the waning days of the General Assembly. 

“This really deals with sexual harassment, discrimination, and equity issues affecting every worker in the state of Illinois,’’ said  Democratic state Senator Melinda Bush of Grayslake, who is sponsor of the bill, which would protect independent contractors under the Illinois Human Rights Act. “So it is, I would say, probably one of the biggest pieces of civil rights law we’ve had in years.”

State Representative Kelly Cassidy said Thursday that she’s received a pledge from House Speaker Mike Madigan that her expansive abortion legislative will be heard.

That bill would lift provisions that would make performing abortions illegal if Roe. V. Wade is overturned. The bill would also require private insurers to cover abortion if they already cover pregnancy-related expenses.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller reports on the 2019 Women In Leadership Workshop and Awards Dinner at the SIU School of Law.

This week’s election was expected to bring a second “Year of the Woman” to American politics.

After Tuesday, here’s what that looks like in Illinois: The state’s congressional delegation added one woman, and there will be at least one, maybe up to three, more women serving in Springfield come January.

Erin Cetindag and Delaney Flattery stopped by the Sangamon County building to vote early on a recent Saturday. The two college students were home in Springfield on break from schools out-of-state.

"That was the most fun test I’ve ever taken," laughed Cetindag, a senior at American University.

"We turned it in and got stickers," Flattery, a senior at Butler University added.

When asked about the gender diversity of the candidates they just voted for, both noticed something.


WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with leaders of Illinois' Anti-Harassment, Equality, and Access Panel - State Comptroller Susana Mendoza, State Representative Carol Ammons, and State Senator Melinda Bush. 

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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.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Liz Hunter and Annette Jaymes of the Women United Network about their upcoming "Southern Illinois March To The Polls."

A website that popped up this month asks a question as its URL: arethereanywomenrunningforilgovernor.com. It then very simply answers it with a bright red "NO." A group of professional women in the state are behind the effort to draw attention to the issue.

Some girls at Rock Island High School say they're tired of reading male-dominated history and literature, so they've started a club that will offer more.

Illinois is again at the center of a national movement involving the Equal Rights Amendment, 35 years after the state failed to ratify it.

Reading Baseball's Pete Peterson celebrates Women's History Month by highlighting sportswriter Claire Smith.

1st Annual Women's Leadership Conference

Sep 25, 2014


SIU hosted the first annual Women's Leadership Conference in Carbondale.


The 28th Annual Southern Illinois Women's Health Conference takes place on September 20th at John A. Logan College in Carterville.

WSIU's Jeff Williams talks with conference media chair Suzanne Scott about this year's event.

Registration deadline for the conference is September 12th.  More information is available on the Women for Health and Wellness website.

The 26th Annual Southern Illinois Women's Health Conference is coming up next month. In this Morning Conversation, WSIU Radio's Jennifer Fuller talks with Women For Health And Wellness Executive Director Fran Becque about the planned sessions and benefits of attending.

WSIU Radio's Jennifer Fuller talks with Women's Intersport Network of Southern Illinois leaders Bobbi Knapp and Jen Sewell, along with Crossfit Southern Illinois' Kristen King about the upcoming WIN for Life event in Carbondale, as well as a sports equipment drive for area park districts.

WSIU Radio's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU Sports Sociologist Bobbi Knapp and Assistant Softball Coach Jen Sewell about the upcoming screening of "Strong!" and the discussion planned along with it. They discuss gender issues, self confidence, social identities and more.

For more information on the Community Cinema Screening, click HERE.

WSIU Radio's Jennifer Fuller commemorates International Women's Day by interviewing Professor Carolyn Byerly of Howard University about her research on women in the media.