March 19, 2015

BY TERI CAMPBELL
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE - John A. Logan College will host a presentation by Sheila Simon called “Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives” on Wednesday, March 25, at 11 a.m. in the Batteau and Ivey Conference Rooms at the college.  The event is free and open to the public.

Simon, an attorney and law professor, was the second female to serve as Illinois Lieutenant Governor, the second highest executive in the state, from 2011 to 2015.  She was also elected to the Carbondale City Council where she served for four years, 2003-2007.

 “I enjoyed serving in both elected positions, and I learned a lot in both,” Simon said.  “My presentation will focus on women’s increasing participation in politics, how we can increase it even further, and why we need to.  Through my own personal experience, I’ve seen both some of the barriers that exist to women becoming involved in politics and some of the ways that we shouldn’t let those barriers stand in our way.”            

Toyin Fox, director of diversity and inclusion at JALC and chair of the college’s diversity advisory committee, invited Simon to speak as part of a celebration of National Women’s History Month and the 35th anniversary of the National Women’s History Project.

“March is National Women’s History Month,” Fox said.  “It’s a time when we pay tribute to all the generations of women who have made extraordinary contributions to society and recognize the commitments they have made to making the world a better place.  Sheila Simon has dedicated years of public service to our local community and state and we are happy to have someone with her accomplishments speaking on our campus.”  

The event is sponsored by JALC’s Diversity and Inclusion Office and the college’s chapter of the American Association of Women in Community Colleges.  For more information contact Fox at 618-985-2828 or 618-457-7676, Ext. 8586.