Women's History Month



About Women's History Month: March 2018

Women’s History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981 when the Congress requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week.” Throughout the next five years, the President and Congress continued to designate a week in March as “Women’s History Week.” In 1987, a Congressional resolution designated March 1987 as “Women’s History Month.” Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions authorizing the President to proclaim March of each year as Women’s History Month. Since 1995, Presidents Clinton, Bush, Obama and Trump have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.” To learn more about the national celebration, visit



Below are upcoming events in the Chicago legal community celebrating Women’s History Month.


Judicial Reception – March 1

Join the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois for an evening of networking and celebration at its annual Judicial Reception on Thursday, March 1, 2018 from 5:00 – 7:30 pm at the Chicago Cultural Center. This is an event that has proven to be an upscale and memorable experience that both lawyers and judges look forward to attending every year. The Judicial Reception is an event to honor the judiciary and provide guests an opportunity to meet and socialize with state and federal judges.  This year’s honorees are Judge Clare Elizabeth McWilliams of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Justice Terrence J. Lavin of the First District Illinois Appellate Court and Judge Virginia M. Kendall of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.  For more information or to register go to


National Women’s History Museum’s Chicago Host Committee - March 1

The National Women’s History Museum's Chicago Host Committee kicks off Women's History Month with a panel conversation with female executives to explore the question, "Why does women's history matter TODAY?"  For more information or to register click here.


The Karen Conti Show - March 4, 11 and 25

The Karen Conti Show on WGN Radio AM 720 featuring Chicago attorney Karen Conti will be celebrating Women’s History Month on March 4,11 and 25 from 7:00-9:00 pm. Her shows in March will feature guests discussing topics such as sexual harassment, domestic violence, equal pay and the ERA. The most influential women in the last 100 years will also be highlighted.  More details coming soon!


Make a Difference: Women’s History Month Book Drive Kick Off  - March 8

During Women’s History Month, the CBA is holding a book drive in conjunction with Chicago Books for Women in Prison (CBWP). Join us at the CBA on March 8 from 8:30-9:30 am when special guest Vicki White, President of Chicago Books for Women in Prison, will discuss how reading can change the lives of incarcerated women in powerful ways.  To learn more or register, click here.


Women and the Law Afternoon Tea – March 8

Join us for an afternoon with tea, savory bites, and great conversation as the ISBA’s Women & the Law Committee celebrate International Women’s Day.We will be meeting at Soho House Chicago, 113 N Green St., from 3:00-5:00 pm.  RSVP here. Presented by: The Illinois State Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Women & the Law.


Cocktails for a Cause: Help Prevent Human Trafficking – March 8

On Thursday, March 8, please join the CBA, the Alliance for Women, and Chicago’s Anti-Human Trafficking Community at the Chicago Yacht Club for an evening of cocktails, live music, and gourmet hors d'oeuvres to benefit Selah Freedom, an organization dedicated to actively confronting the issue of sex trafficking both locally and nationally. Elizabeth Fisher, Founder & CEO of Selah Freedom, will be in attendance and proceeds will aid Selah Freedom in providing rehabilitation solutions to survivors of sex trafficking in Chicago. $99 per person. See details and register at


CBA Women’s History Month Luncheon: Celebrating the Progress of Women Lawyers - March 8

The CBA is celebrating the progress of women lawyers at a special Women’s History Luncheon on March 8th.  A reception will be held at 11:30 am with luncheon beginning at 12:15 pm at the Standard Club, 320 S. Plymouth Court.  The luncheon speaker will be Tina M. Tchen, Partner, Buckley Sandler.  Prior to joining Buckley Sandler, Ms. Tchen served as an Assistant to President Obama, Executive Director of the White House Council on Women and Girls, and Chief of Staff to First Lady Michelle Obama. Since joining the firm, Ms. Tchen has been instrumental in spearheading the Time’s Up movement’s Legal Defense Fund, which provides legal support to women and men who have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace. Ms. Tchen is a leader of Buckley Sandler’s Workplace Cultural Compliance Practice, counseling companies on issues related to gender inequity, sexual harassment, and lack of diversity in the workplace.  Tickets are $60.  Click here or call 312-554-2057.


Signature Series: Julie DiCaro– March 21

Guest speaker Julie DiCaro is a former practicing attorney and current update anchor at 670 The Score and a columnist for She frequently writes and reports on women's issues in sports, such as rape, domestic violence, and sexism in sports media.

Julie will share her experiences as a sports writer, including the moment a segment with ESPN's Sarah Spain went viral on social media. The #MoreThanMean video exposed the abundant and vile online harassment women in sports media receive. The video can be found here. To date, #MoreThanMean has been viewed more than 4 million times with no paid support and sparked a national conversation about online abuse. Click here to register.


Time's Up on Workplace Harassment– March 29

Join us for this timely CLE program presented by the YLS Women in the Law committee. Topics will include why sexual harrassment is still a problem in the legal world, what a victim can do in the moment and after, how to handle other types of disrespectful treament without jeopardizing your career, and what we can do going forward to end all types of inappropriate workplace behavior. Register to attend in-person here, or to attend online click here.




For more on Women’s History Month:

National Women's History Project- "Nevertheless She Persisted: Honoring Women Who Fight All Forms of Discrimination Against Women"

National Women's History Museum

International Women's Day, March 8, 2017 "Press for Progress NOW"