Gov. J.B. Pritzker hosted a Women’s History Month celebration today in the state capitol.
“On days like today, I think about my mother,” he said. “Sue Pritzker was a lifelong advocate for social and economic justice – marching and speaking out in the 1970’s for the Equal Rights Amendment and LGBTQ rights and a woman’s right to choose – when it was not easy or popular — and she instilled those values in me as a young boy.”
Pritzker also honored the work of women leaders from across the state including Illinois Senate Majority Leader Kim Lightford for her leadership on the minimum wage increase that he said will help women all around the state.
He also honored Southern Illinois University professor Dr. Alicia Alexander for founding the Edwardsville chapter of Support the Girls. The organization has collected several items to benefit homeless shelters, domestic violence shelters and pregnancy crisis organizations in the St. Louis area.
Pritzker also extended a thank you to women leaders all across the state.
“And beyond our capitol, women are showing the way in so many jobs,“ Pritzker said. “You’re leading organizations and businesses large and small, serving our communities in every definition of what it means to serve, and taking on the fights for justice that define our time.“