Peggy A. Montes Unsung Heroines Award


As an annual event in observance of Women’s History Month, Cook County presents the Unsung Heroine Award to 18 women, one from each district of Cook County and one county-wide, whose contributions to their communities, families and professional endeavors have been so vital, but seldom recognized. This award, consistent with the purpose of Women’s History Month, is designed to recover and tell the story of the powerful impact women have had throughout history on the development of our social, cultural, economic and political institutions. In this spirit, the County honors these remarkable women as a way to bring their stories to light, to thank them and to celebrate the achievements of the many women through the history of Cook County whom they represent.

Peggy A. Montes serves as Chairperson of the Cook County Commission on Women’s Issues. An educator, fundraiser, leader, and champion of women’s issues and rights, Montes was the driving force behind the very first Unsung Heroine Award for the women of Cook County. On March 16, 2010, the Cook County Board of Commissioners and members of the Commission on Women’s Issues renamed the award in Montes’s honor as a way of recognizing her remarkable achievements on behalf of women and girls.

Peggy A. Montes Unsung Heroine Award Resolution

Meet the 2013 Peggy A. Montes Unsung Heroines of Cook County

Sara Shabaan, At-large
Edith Hidalgo, 1st District
Kimberlie J. Jackson, 2nd District
Connie Anderson, 3rd District
Shawna L. Brown, 4th District
Marsha J. Eaglin, 5th District
Hope Jovicin, 6th District
Tanya Cabrera, 7th District
Delia C. Ramirez, 8th District
Roseanne Dattalo-Eiternick, 9th District
Kelly Kleiman, 10th District
Shirley Madigan, 11th District
Lauren Mistretta, 12th District
Virginia Beckett, 13th District
Ruth Lynn Silver, 14th District
Cindy Rowland, 15th District
Sharon L. Flaim, 16th District
Carlolyn Lee Simmons, 17th District

2012 Peggy A. Montes Unsung Heroines

2011 Peggy A. Montes Unsung Heroines

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