Starting March 1, Women’s History Month highlights the vital role women have played throughout American history. The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce is proud to observe Women’s History Month and recognize the contributions, achievements, and value provided by women in Chicagoland and across the United States.

From Susan B. Anthony to Vice President Kamala Harris, women have played an essential role in building our nation. Throughout history, though, women have endured immense pressure from inequalities and injustices. While women’s rights in the United States have progressed since the 20th century, there are still many issues yet to be addressed.

As a nation, it is our duty to break the barriers and inequalities that women face every day. This includes but is not limited to addressing the gender wage gap, revisiting parental leave and childcare policies, and actively considering women for positions of power.

The Chicagoland Chamber supports the continued discussion on women’s history and their positive impacts across society, while leading the business community in transformative diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.

The Chicagoland Chamber supports women-owned businesses throughout Chicagoland and is calling on our neighbors to do the same by seeking out and supporting these businesses that exist in our communities.

“Women’s History Month highlights the progress and sacrifices made by many courageous female leaders and allies, but also emphasizes the distance that remains on the path toward equality.  Over the course of the pandemic, barriers for women, especially women of color, have been thrust into the spotlight, from difficulties accessing quality and affordable childcare, being laid off disproportionately more compared to men during the pandemic, justifying a resume gap – the list goes on.  During my time at the Chamber, I have been fortunate to lead programs that support young women entering the workforce, participate in a women’s mentoring program, and see more women joining executive leadership teams and boards, all of which demonstrate the strengths that women bring to business.  It is a privilege to see her-story unfolding right in front of me with glass ceilings being shattered by continued emphasis on education and training through the lens of equality.”

Lily Scannell
Manager, Programs

Women’s History Month is an important reminder to learn about the groundbreaking women of the past who have made our city and country move forward. Without the accomplishments that Jane Addams, Ida B. Wells and others achieved, we would have a longer road to fight for equity across class, racial, and gender barriers. I never want to forget to honor the bravery they exemplified, so I do not take my freedom for granted.

Katie Binhack
Associate, Member Resources