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Tina Tchen interviewed by WTTW-TV and quoted in related Chicago Tonight article, “New anti-harassment panel addresses barriers for women in politics”

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Tina Tchen

Tina Tchen was interviewed by WTTW-TV and quoted in a related Chicago Tonight article on July 12, 2018, “New anti-harassment panel addresses barriers for women in politics,” which discussed a new, nonpartisan panel in Illinois focused on anti-harassment and encouraging more women to run for office and enter politics. The article stated, “Figuring out how to intentionally get more women to run for office in Illinois is the focus of the new, nonpartisan Anti-Harassment, Equality and Access Panel founded by Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza, state Sen. Melinda Bush and state Rep. Carol Ammons.  The group aims to help eliminate harassment in the workplace, including within government. To do that, the panel is hosting listening sessions across the state for women who have worked on any party’s political campaign in Illinois. Panel members hope to offer a safe space for participants to discuss their experiences, and notes from the sessions will be used to create a list of recommendations for all parties to follow.”

Tchen added, “It was a great cross-section. I think we had women who had been active in a political campaign, some women who had not but participated in some way in the political process, some people who had worked for various elected officials – both Republican and Democrats, city and suburb.” Tchen also noted that another problem in addressing workplace harassment is the law. She noted, “There’s a whole range of behaviors that is not covered by the law, and it really has to be about what kind of culture you want to have in your workplace. And I think that holds for campaigns – what kind of culture do the candidates want to say he or she is promoting for the people who are working for them and volunteering?”

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