Rep. Feigenholtz Honored for Women’s Rights Work


June 22, 2018

State Rep. Sara Feigenholtz (Center), is joined (left to right) by Museum of Tolerance Director and event moderator Liebe Geft, Shiza Shahid, Jaha Dukureh and Wiesenthal Center Midwest Director Alison Slovin at the Women of Valor Award Luncheon on Thursday, June 21 in Chicago. The Center honored the three women for their work of spearheading human rights and women’s rights on a global scale.

Rep. Feigenholtz Honored for Women’s Rights Work

CHICAGO – As part of their commitment to honoring women whose work has made a global impact, the Midwest Region of The Simon Wiesenthal Center recognized state Rep. Sara Feigenholtz, D – Chicago, Jaha Dukureh, and Shiza Shahid at Thursday’s Women of Valor Award Luncheon. The Center honored the three women for their work of spearheading human rights and women’s rights on a global scale.

“I am honored to receive this award alongside warrior women like Jaha Dukureh and Shiza Shahid,” said Feigenholtz. “Across the globe women are stepping up and making a big impact .”

As the lead sponsor of HB40, Feigenholtz helped make Illinois the first and only state to strike the discriminatory Hyde amendment by legislation, thereby allowing all women, regardless of income, access to abortion.

Additionally, Feigenholtz was the chief sponsor of the Contraceptive Equity Act, which expanded access to a full array of birth control options.

Feigenholtz also passed legislation t hat created the Holocaust and Genocide Commission. The Simon Wiesenthal Center is a human rights organization committed to confronting anti-Semitism, hate, and terrorism.

The Center strives to promote human rights on a global scale, defend the safety of Jewish people worldwide, and teach the lessons of the Holocaust. The Simon Wiesenthal Center recognized Feigenholtz, Dukureh, and Shahid due to their personification of the Center’s values through their impactful work around the globe.

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