The Girl Talk: Running While Female Edition

The Girl Talk: Running While Female Edition

Tue, March 26, 2019

6:30 pm

The Hideout

Chicago, IL


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The Girl Talk
The Girl Talk
The Girl Talk is a monthly show at The Hideout featuring powerful and influential Chicago women you should know. Each month, we tackle an issue facing our city, state and country and learn from the women working to make things better.
Running While Female
“The power is in the person who is trying, regardless of the success. If you’re trying, you’ve got all the power, you’re driving the agenda.” -Alexandria Ocasio Cortez
What is it like to be a woman running for political office? The stories women collect on the campaign trail of misogyny and sexism are often kept out of the public eye for fear of appearing weak. Not anymore. This month, we are going to hear from women who ran for office in a very male dominated political environment.
This month, The Girl Talk will convene a group of women candidates from the 2019 municipal election. Plus, as always, we’ll award our Dope Queen of the Month and shame the Douche of the Month.
About Our Guests:
Maria Hadden is Alderwoman-Elect of the 49th Ward. In February 2019, she defeated Joe Moore, who had held the seat for 28 years. Once sworn in, she will be the first black queer woman on City Council and the first black alderman from a North Side ward. Maria is the Executive Director of Our City Our Voice, a national nonprofit organization she founded to empower communities and governments to redesign democracy to be more collaborative and transparent.
Susan Sadlowski Garza is the first ever active Chicago Teachers Union member to be elected to City Council and the first ever woman to represent the 10th Ward in City Council. Susan’s priorities include keeping schools public, increasing wages and creating long lasting economic development in the 10th Ward.
Susan is constantly working to protect public interests, increase equality for women and the LGBTQ community, foster business relationships and protect air, land, and water resources for residents.
Susan is a lifelong Chicagoan and 10th Ward resident who has dedicated her entire life to the youth and families of the 10th Ward. Starting out as a lunch lady at South Shore High School, Susan returned to college as a mother and persevered to become a Counselor at Jane Addams Elementary School, the same school her mother, herself, and her children attended. As a former Chicago Public School counselor, and former Chicago Teachers Union area Vice-President, and now 10th Ward Alderwoman, Susan will put the needs of her constituents first.
Susan has earned a Bachelor of Arts from Governors State University and holds a Master in Counseling from Concordia University. Daughter of famed Steelworker/Labor leader Edward Sadlowski, Susan was raised in a proud union home with strong values of income equality, gender equity, racial harmony, and workers and environmental rights. She is happily married to Raul Garza, a proud mother of four children and ecstatic grandmother of two.
Anna Valencia was sworn-in as City Clerk of Chicago on January 25, 2017 overseeing one of the largest offices in the City serving 1.2 million Chicagoans and generating more than $130 million annually.
As City Clerk, Valencia has focused on making government accessible to all Chicagoans. Under Valencia’s leadership, the Office of the City Clerk has made it a priority to find new and innovative ways to bring services directly to residents, increase civic engagement, improve inefficiencies and collaborate across government in the private and public sectors.
Valencia has also been charged with implementing the Municipal ID program which will roll out later this year. Available to all Chicago residents, this government-issued ID will combine access to government and city services into one card.
Prior to becoming Clerk, Valencia served as the second woman and first Latina to run Mayor Emanuel’s Legislative Counsel and Government Affairs (LCGA) where she spearheaded the passage of police accountability reform, the modernization of the CTA’s Red and Purple lines, the stabilization of pension funds and creation of the City’s legal fund that assists immigrants and refugees threatened with deportation.
Valencia has also worked as an Illinois political professional in several positions including, serving as Campaign Manager for U.S. Senator Dick Durbin’s re-election campaign, Senior Advisor for Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s re-election campaign, Deputy Director of the Illinois Senate Democratic Victory Fund, a Communications Staffer for State Senate President John Cullerton, and Field Director for both Mike Quigley for Congress (IL-05) and Gary Peters for Congress (MI-09).
In 2018, Business Insider named Valencia one of the 8 most influential millennial women in U.S. politics. In 2017, Chicago Magazine listed Valencia as an Emerging Power Player highlighting her as a rising star in Chicago politics. Valencia has also been awarded Negocios Nows’ 40 under 40 for her work as part of the next generation of Latina leaders.
Valencia earned her degree in International Studies from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She currently resides in the West Town neighborhood with her husband and dog.
Plus, our very own Erika Wozniak Francis will be telling her own tales from her recent aldermanic run in the 46th Ward! (Trust us, she’s got some!)
Venue Information:
The Hideout
1354 W. Wabansia Ave
Chicago, IL, 60642