Statewide AHEA panel works to engage women in politics

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- The statewide Anti-Harassment, Equality and Access panel visited the Forest City on Sunday to encourage women to be more involved in politics and to help advance the women already there.

The panel, made up of state representatives and senators, talked about ways to eliminate the pervasive culture of sexual harassment and how to put women on path to leadership.

"We're trying to shift the culture of politics. We make up 50 percent of the population and we should make up 50 percent of the elected offices. But, we shouldn’t be experiencing the levels of obstacles that we are trying to get there,” said Rep. Carol Ammons, D-Urbana.