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County women’s award named in Peggy Montes’ honor
Wednesday, March 31, 2010 Chicago Defender by Defender Staff Report
As a champion of women’s rights, Peggy A. Montes chairs the
Cook County Commission on Women’s Issues and is the driving force behind the
creation of the Unsung Heroine Award for the women of Cook County.Additionally, she’s an educator, fundraiser,
community leader and probably best known as founder-director of the Bronzeville
Children’s Museum.For the last 27
years, she has volunteered with the DuSable Museum of African American History
where she was at the forefront of the effort to build a $3.5 million Harold
Washington wing there.
As a way to recognize and salute her remarkable achievements
and contributions, the county’s award will be renamed the Cook County
Commission on women’s Issues: Peggy A. Montes Unsung Heroine Award.
Celebrating Women’s History Month, County Board President
Todd Stroger, Cook County Board of Commissioners and the Cook County commission
on women’s Issues hosted the 13th Annual Cook County Unsung Heroine
Awards Breakfast on March 25 at the Chicago Cultural Center.Every year the Commission honors one woman
from each of the 17 county districts “for her vital contributions to her
community.”The award was created in
1995 to advise board members on ways to elevate the status of local women,
improve the delivery of services to them and their families and eliminate inequities
in laws, practices, and conditions which impact Cook County women.
Some 21 women of various racial, economic and occupational
backgrounds, including its 17 districts, make up the commission, which is
charged with assuring women’s issues, and perspectives are considered in the
formation of public policy.Just a few
of the remarkable women listed on the honor roll:Barbara D. Cole, DeAnna McCleary, Dr. Addie
E. Spikner Stanton, Dorothy White and Carol Lisa Alexander.And among the commissioners are Carolyn
Curry, Dr. Frances Carroll, Tiffany Randle, Jennifer Artis and Mary Morris.