Women's History Month

The Chicago Bar Association is pleased to celebrate 2020 Women's History Month which commemorates and encourages the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history. We encourage you get involved and attend the following events sponsored by the CBA. Stay tuned for registration!

Women's History Month Celebratory Breakfast and 2nd Annual Working Women’s Legal Summit
March 6, 2020 | 8:00 a.m. -12:45 p.m., including breakfast from 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Location: Woman’s Athletic Club of Chicago, 626 Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
3.00 IL MCLE Credit
Cost: $75 | $50 for CBA CLE Advantage Members & Law Students  
Following a celebratory breakfast, women leaders will discuss the central issues faced by women in the legal profession today. Click here for a full program agenda .
CBA / University of Illinois College of Law Luncheon & CLE
March 13, 2020 | 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Location: Illini Center, 200 S. Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60606, Orange & Blue Room
1.00 IL MCLE Credit (pending approval; provided by University of Illinois College of Law) 
Professor Lesley Wexler, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs of the University of Illinois College of Law will present. Wexler has broad research interests in international humanitarian law, human rights law, and sex discrimination. Professor Wexler specializes in those legal areas that reflect the movement of anti-discrimination and humanitarian norms through domestic law, international law, social movements, and corporations. She has written on the legitimacy of targeting decisions, the blood diamond trade, and the regulation of depleted uranium and landmines, along with a series of articles on human rights impact statements.  Boxed lunch will be provided.

The 19th Amendment: 100th Anniversary of the Women's Right to Vote - Where Are We Today?
March 19, 2020 | 5:00-6:00 p.m.,  followed by networking reception 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Location: Foley & Lardner LLP, 321 N. Clark, Chicago, IL 60654
1.00 IL MCLE Credit
Cost: $25 | Complimentary for CBA CLE Advantage Members & Law Students  
At this program co-sponsored by the American Bar Association's Commission on Women in the Profession, women’s historical and ongoing contributions to the American political system will be discussed, followed by a networking reception which will highlight the American Bar Association’s 19th Amendment Centennial traveling exhibit. Audra Wilson, Executive Director of the League of Women Voters of Illinois, will present.  Additional speakers TBA.

Reception Honoring Justice Anne Burke
March 24, 2020 | 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Location: The Chicago Bar Association, 321 S. Plymouth Ct, Chicago, IL 60604
The Chicago Bar Association will host a reception to honor Justice Anne Burke in congratulations for becoming the Chief Judge of the Illinois Supreme Court.
Additional details TBA.

CBA’s @theBar Podcast: “The Represent Edition”
On March 4, 2020, the CBA’s award winning @theBar podcast will release a special Women’s History Month edition, featuring Kate Black, co-author of Represent: The Woman’s Guide to Running for Office & Changing the World.  The episode will be available on Legal Talk Network at legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/chicago-bar and available for download on iTunes, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher and GooglePlay.
About Women's History Month
Women’s History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed Pub. L. 97-28 which authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week.” Throughout the next five years, Congress continued to pass joint resolutions designating a week in March as “Women’s History Week.” In 1987 after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9 which designated the month of March 1987 as “Women’s History Month.” Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the President to proclaim March of each year as Women’s History Month. Since 1995, Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.” Learn more at https://womenshistorymonth.gov.

The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in commemorating and encouraging the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history.