Stadelman 3 29 22ROCKFORD – The Illinois Council on Women and Girls is recruiting high school-aged women to apply and participate in its annual program and State Senator Steve Stadelman is encouraging women in the area who want a firsthand opportunity to learn about the legislative process to apply.

“It is more important than ever to give women a seat at the table to have their voices heard,” said Stadelman (D-Rockford). “This council is a great opportunity for young women across the state who are interested in making a positive impact in their communities. I encourage all young women interested to apply to this program for a chance to make a difference.”

The selected young women will serve a one-year term, during which they will participate in bi-weekly meetings to plan events and projects. Starting in December 2022, there will be quarterly meetings with different Illinois committees.

The Illinois Council on Women and Girls seeks to bring the voices of young women into important policy conversations. Participants have the opportunity to provide policy recommendations on legislation that impacts the lives of women and girls in Illinois, critical topics such as health care, academic and economic opportunities, and gender-based violence.

Applications are open for young women grades 9 through 12 and are due no later than Oct. 23. For more information and to apply click here.

“This will not only give a chance for future generations to learn about how the state operates, but will also allow us, as legislators, to learn from the young people of the state,” Stadelman said. “I am proud to support the Illinois Council on Women and Girls and thank them for providing this opportunity for young women to work toward improving and bettering Illinois for the future.”

Senator Stadelman’s office can answer questions at (815) 987-7557 or at