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Forty years of women’s history

Jan Schakowsky and Heather Booth will join local leaders for a panel discussion celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Chicago Area Women’s History Council at 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 16, at the Prairie Production studio, 1314 W. Randolph.

Also participating are Maria Pesquiera, executive director of Mujeres Latinas; Jackie Grimshaw of the Center for Neighborhood Technology; Tracy Baim of the Windy City Media Group; and historian Rima Lunin Schultz, co-editor of  CAWHC’s biographical dictionary, “Women Building Chicago 1790-1990.”

Schakowsky was active in consumer and senior groups before being elected to the Illinois House in 1990 and the U.S. House of Representatives in 1998.  A veteran of the civil rights movement, Booth founded the Women’s Radical Action Project and the underground abortion service Jane in the 1960s and the Midwest Academy in 1973.  She now heads Americans for Financial Reform.

CAWHC documents stories of women’s activism and leadership, said Priscilla Hunter. It was founded during the “second wave” of feminism in the 1970s because “women’s history has mostly been told from the standpoint of the East and West Coasts, and there was a lot of activity in Chicago in the 1960s and ’70s,” she said.

Admission is $35 in advance, $40 at the door, $20 low-income, and $15 for students with ID.  Info at 773-227-0093.

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