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HB5544

  • collins 080718CHICAGO – Senator Jacqueline Collins stood alongside her legislative colleagues and advocates today to call on Gov. Bruce Rauner to sign a law creating a new council dedicated to the research and investigation of the social and economic factors that hold back women and girls in society.

    “The Illinois Council on Women and Girls will study the things that hold back half of our population from achieving their full potential, and it will periodically report on ways we could tear down the barriers that hold back our sisters and daughters,” Collins said, addressing reporters at a press conference at the James R. Thompson Center.

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    CHICAGO – To fight the systemic barriers facing women and girls in work, education and life, legislation by State Senator Jacqueline Collins’ to create the Illinois Council on Women and Girls was signed into law today.

    The Illinois Council on Women and Girls will be tasked with gathering information about the specific issues women and girls face in every sector of family, education and career life. The council will issue regular reports to the General Assembly detailing possible legislative solutions on its findings.

    “I was born in segregated Mississippi,” Collins said. “I’ve seen incredible changes in the openness and equality of our country. These sweeping changes did not happen on their own. It’s comforting to think that progress simply causes systemic bias to dissolve at an appointed time, but to think so is to be complacent and complicit. Change never comes without resolve, solidarity and debate. We must always be actively rooting out entrenched systems of discrimination.

    “The Illinois Council on Women and Girls will study the things that hold back half of our population from achieving their full potential, and it will periodically report on ways we could tear down the barriers that hold back our sisters and daughters. In doing so, it will start the conversations that result in change. The Illinois Council on Women and Girls will study the hurdles standing in the way of our sisters and daughters so that we can continue the fight for equality and opportunity.”

    The legislation was House Bill 5544. It takes effect immediately.