March 2013 Peoria NOW Award Winners

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Left to right: Lynn Scott Pearson; Ruth Bowden; Janet Bantz Glavin; Cathie Crawford; Carol Webber; Sabrina Arrick. [Thank you Lynn Scott Pearson for the picture!]

Peoria Journal Star Article:

When Cathie Crawford applied for her first teaching job, she immediately recognized the challenges women can face in the workplace.

"I couldn't believe some of the questions that principal asked me," Crawford said. "I think you should hire the most qualified person and that has nothing to do with their sex."

She got the job and continued to advocate for women's rights throughout her career, earning her one of five awards given Saturday by the National Organization for Women Peoria Chapter as part of Women's History Month.

"We're looking for people who are actively involved in the lives of women and girls, women that give that extra measure of their time and talent," NOW Peoria co-president Barbara Miller said.

Longtime Peoria County Board member Lynn Scott Pearson, another award winner, cited watching her mother run their home while involved in volunteer activities as her model of a strong woman.

"It's extremely important to support women because women are the ones who have always been on the outside, whether it's jobs or whether it's education," Pearson said.

NOW Peoria chose individuals and groups who contribute to the advancement of women and girls in the central Illinois area as this year's award recipients.

"Those women who particularly have a focus on those who come after us, to reach back … and tell young girls they can be anything that they want to be, because not every woman has that," NOW Peoria member Kathleen Reising said.

The Central Illinois section of the Society of Women Engineers was given an award to recognize the group's work to encourage young girls to pursue math and science education.

"Women, by nature, want to give back, and we, by nature, look at things differently," member Carol Weber said. "By increasing the number of young women that are seeking opportunities in engineering we can change the world."

Amy Scott, interim director of the women's studies program at Bradley University, and Janet Bantz Glavin, volunteer and congressional district leader for lobbying organization ONE, were also recognized.

Original PJ Star article.