This issue includes: President's Letter, Upcoming Events, Shack Study Review, Congratulations to Jan Anderson and more!
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President's letter

Gender Equality

During April, there was a lot made of gender equality issues in terms of pay, treatment, professional recognition and promotion. On Wednesday, (4/13/16) the N.Y. Times devoted significant space to comments from female architects on their status in their profession.  I’m also devoting my column to their voices since they can best describe the state of their status.  Remember: they are commenting on 2016, not 1950 --

I have practiced now for 40 years, and the percentage of women in leadership roles has improved only a small percentage in all that time.”   Rebecca Barnes, Washington
The profession is losing women faster than imaginable.” Carol Kurth, N.Y.
African-American women make up less than 0.3 percent of the architecture industry.  It’s overwhelming being in an industry that doesn’t see your demographic enough to correlate it with the occupation you love.”  Farida Abu-Bakare, Atlanta
It is easier getting commissions from educational, health care, and governmental institutions than from fields which are very male-dominated.”   Juann Khoory, Mass.
There is no evidence to suggest that these experiences are an aberration from those of other women in historically male-dominated fields.  Recall the recent discussion about lack of diversity and the lack of female roles and female directors in the movie industry. There is still much to do!

--Barbara Wysocki, League of Women Voters of Champaign County President

Upcoming Events

We hope to see you there!

  • Tuesday (5/24/16) ANNUAL MEETING 6:30 @Hawthorn Suites
  • Friday- Sunday (6/17-19) LWVUS CONVENTION in Washington, D.C.
  • Tuesday (6/21/16) Summer Solstice Luncheon (a.k.a. post-convention reporting) Papa Del’s on Neil 11:30 AM offering soups, salads, AND pizza.  Not your typical college hangout!
  • Tuesday (6/28/16) Seating of the new LWVCC Board 11:00 @UFL

To stay updated on these events and more, connect with us on FaceBook or Twitter. 

League of Women Voters of Champaign County 2016 Annual Meeting

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. @Hawthorn Suite
Desserts & Social Time -- $10.00 cover charge
Speaker: Natalie Prochaska:  ‘Urban Planning and the LWVCC “Shack Study”’
Business Meeting
Approval of League Board (2016-2017)
Approval of League Budget (2016-2017)
Approval of League Local Position (2016-2021)


Hello League,

As some of you already know, my spouse will be starting his neurology residency at Northwestern in June. This is great news for our family, but it means Isaac, I and our dog Sophia will be heading North next week and I will no longer be your communications director.

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of you for this opportunity. Serving as your communications director has been a fabulous learning experience for me. But more special than doing communications work has been the chance to get to know some of you. You are an extraordinary group of women (and men) and I feel lucky to have spent this year around you. Each of you has accomplished so much and at the beginning of my career and family life, I am emboldened through your example. 


Kelsey Bourgeois

Shack Study Revisited

A League Study from 50 years ago

Some 50 years ago, LWVCC undertook a study that focused on housing conditions in parts of Champaign and Urbana. 

Commonly called the “Shack Study”, League pointed out that that a number of citizens in our community were living in substandard housing in the northern section of the two cities. Most units did not have indoor plumbing, proper insolation, or access to city services.  At that time, African-Americans were not allowed to enroll at the UI unless they had housing, and the only housing they could afford was in the North End, not on campus.

Recently, Urban Planning Specialist Natalie Prochaska has revisited this topic and began her research with the League’s Shack Study.  She has met with League members who were involved with the study or aware of it at the time and she will be the featured speaker at League’s Annual Meeting on Tuesday, May 24th. 

Congratulations to Jan Anderson!

Lifetime Achievement Award

           Jan Anderson was recently honored by Champaign County Health Care Consumers as the recipient of their Lifetime Achievement Award!  This award, which is given infrequently, recognizes Jan’s public service in many areas of life throughout her life. Among her activities:
* Elected Office – member of the Champaign Board for 12 years
                                    Liaison to the County Mental Health Board
                                    Liaison to the County Nursing Home Board
                                    Campaigned for several countywide public health services
*Member of the Methodist Church – a member of Mission Committee
                                    Organizer of the Church’s annual CROP Walk for ten years
                                    Treasurer of Church Women United
*Member of League of Women Voters –Served as Observer to                                                                         Champaign City Council and Parkland College
                                    Served as President ((1979-81)
                                    Served on Nominating Committees
                                    Most likely did a lot of other things as a League member that are not documented
*Professional Experience – worked as a nurse
                                    Worked to establish nursing protocols at Burnham Hospital
                                    Organized and worked for collectivebargaining rights under the Illinois
                                    Nurses Association
In addition, Jan has been a wife, mother, and grandmother, and a friend to many. 

Save the Date

Mark your calendars!

Saturday, May 21, 2016 – 9-12:00 – EARTHCARE WORKSHOP – St. Patrick’s Parish Center
Sponsored by: St. Patrick’s Church and Faith in Place
Speaker: Sister Sharon Zayac, a Dominican Sister from Springfield and Executive Director of
Jubilee Farm
Topic: Papal Encyclical on the Environment


The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.  The LWCC influences public policy through education and advocacy, working on various issues at local and national levels. League members come from all walks of life – united by our shared understanding of the importance of political literacy, we celebrate being non-partisan and diverse in our identities, affiliations, and experiences.

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