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Jada Turner, President Samiat Solebo, and Chief of Staff Hannah Woody.
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Illinois State University is seeing a spike in female students applying for student government positions. The student body administration say it’s likely a result of the university’s first all-female leadership team.

Heartland Truck Driving Training Student Holli Hays
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The American Trucking Association estimates the industry is short at least 50,000 drivers nationwide. The association estimates that number could triple by 2024 as older drivers retire.

It's not the first time some Illinois lawmakers are pushing to end the so-called gender pay gap. The House of Representatives approved a measure Wednesday that could be a first step. 

March 8 is International Women’s Day. It’s a call to raise voices within the women’s rights movement and strategize to create a more gender-equal world.

Reporter Dana Vollmer talked with Susan Bramlet Lavin, executive director of the Illinois branch of the National Organization for Women, about what’s been accomplished and what still needs work.

This interview have been edited for clarity.

Kathy Sawyer, Sharon Ware, and Tura Dover
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Four Bloomington-Normal women are hoping to bring awareness to a local running club with goals of empowering women.

Kyle Ciani and Scott Jordan
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Women make up less than 5 percent of CEOs at Fortune 500 companies. That leaves most women to be mentored by the men who hold positions of power.

But in the era of #MeToo, some men are growing nervous about taking on a female mentee for fear of a sexual harassment or assault claim being filed against them should the mentorship go awry.

YWCA McLean County website

A federally funded grant will benefit the YWCA McLean County’s reintergration program for formerly incarcerated women.

Labyrinth received a near $800,000 Second Chance grant from the Department of Justice. The money will go towards hiring additional staff and expanding existing services.

Shayna and Nikita hug
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It was said to be another Year of the Woman. Following Tuesday’s midterm election, that prediction came true as more women were elected to public office across the U.S. than ever before.

Local Women Mark National Equal Pay Day

Apr 10, 2018
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Women earn on average 79 cents for every dollar men earn. Because more women head households than ever before, the continuing gender pay gap has become a "family issue," says Kyle Ciani, a women's and gender studies professor at Illinois State University.

Women march along Jackson Street in Chicago
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Calling themselves the "Bloomington-Normal Resistance," dozens of local women are planning to take to the streets at this Saturday's March to the Polls in Chicago.

Bullying Bosses, Double Standards Plague Working Women

Jan 10, 2018
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Millions of women responded to allegations of sexual harassment against entertainment industry figures, members of Congress and prominent male journalists through the hashtag #MeToo. Workplace experts say the focus on sexual harassment has yet to spotlight another common problem affecting mostly women: bullying bosses. 

Bloomington Clinic Begins Medication Abortions

Oct 18, 2017
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The Planned Parenthood clinic in Bloomington has begun offering medication abortions for the first time.

Illinois Catholic Group Won't Oppose ERA

Sep 20, 2017
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The Catholic Church in Illinois played a large role in defeating passage of an Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution in the 1980s. However, the church's lobbying group in the state doesn't plan to take a stand this time around.

Illinois Crucial To Passing Equal Rights Amendment

Jul 26, 2017
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Illinois is once again in the spotlight as advocates seek to revive efforts to pass an Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution after it narrowly missed being ratified in the 1970s.

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On a recent Friday evening at the Herb Eaton Gallery, Sara Quah stepped onto a stage to do what loves and feels most comfortable doing - singing the songs she composes.

Keeping Up The Momentum Of Women's Activisim

Mar 8, 2017
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You might have noticed your female colleagues wearing red clothing today. Or perhaps they didn't show up at the office at all.

It's all part of the International Women's Day celebration, held each year on March 8. The day has special significance this year as women across the world try to maintain the momentum unleashed during the women's marches on Washington and other cities across the globe last January.