The Girl Talk: #SaveRoe Edition - The Hideout1354 W. Wabansia Ave Chicago,IL
09/25/2018 6:30 PM - 09/25/2018 8:30 PM
The Girl Talk
The Girl Talk is a monthly show at The Hideout featuring powerful and influential Chicago women you should know. Each month, we tackle an issue facing our city, state and country and learn from the women working to make things better.
Despite the fact that we named Brett Kavanaugh the “Douche of the Month” at our last show, he still appears poised for imminent confirmation to the Supreme Court by Republicans in Congress. And that means the threat to Roe vs Wade – and to our ability to make decisions about our own healthcare – is more serious than ever.
This month, we’re pulling together some of the most brilliant warriors for reproductive rights that we know so we can make sure we’re all ready to fight back.
Jennifer Welch is the President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Illinois. PPIL is proud to be the leader in providing and promoting compassionate, comprehensive reproductive health care, education, and rights. Before coming to PPIL, Jennifer was First Deputy Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS), which serves the city’s most vulnerable populations, including children in poverty, at-risk youth, seniors, people who are homeless, and domestic violence survivors and their children. Previously, at the Office of Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, she worked first as the Women’s Policy Advisor and then as the Policy Director.
Before her tenure in government, Jennifer was the Executive Director of the Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network, which is the coalition of Chicagoland’s domestic violence service providers. Ms. Welch holds a JD from the Chicago-Kent College of Law and received her undergraduate degree in psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
A South Side of Chicago native, Brittany is passionate about centering Black women and mothers in her work. Drawing from her own experience, Brittany uses her writing and work to elevate the lived experiences of Black women and mothers in America. She has been featured in outlets such as Teen Vogue, Cassius Life and Vice. As staff and a former grantee of the Chicago Abortion Fund, Brittany leads local grassroots efforts to promote abortion access and reproductive freedom at the intersections of gender, race and class. There is nothing Brittany enjoys more than dancing it out with her four daughters, reading and catching up on Queen Sugar.