The annual designation of March as Women's History Month first started in 1981 when Congress passed a law requesting the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week.” This request was updated in 1987 when Congress designated the month of March 1987 as “Women’s History Month.” Since 1995, presidents have issued a series of annual proclamations commemorating March as “Women’s History Month.” These proclamations celebrate the contributions women have made to the United States and recognize the specific achievements women have made over the course of American history.

This Women's History Month I would like to honor Chicago's first female Aldermen, Anna Langford of the 16th Ward and Marilou Hedlund of the 48th Ward, who were both elected in 1971. Alderman Langford was elected to her first of three non-consecutive terms to represent Chicago's Englewood neighborhood, while that same year, Alderman Hedlund was elected to City Council representing the Uptown community. Like me, Alderman Langford didn't succeed in her first run for the post, but through dedication, perseverance and hard work, she eventually rose to the position of President Pro-Temp in City Council under the leadership of Mayors Eugene Sawyer and Richard M. Daley. Alderman Hedlund served one term focusing on youth living in her ward, women’s rights, gay rights and the landmark preservation of historical buildings and sites in the ward. These inspiring women paved the way for the dozens of female politicians like me who have been honored to serve the people of Chicago in City Council.

I ask you this Women's History Month to join me in remembering the female figures in your life that have influenced you in a positive way.

One piece of housekeeping business as well. Now that the snow is finally melting, please be sure to pick up the garbage and dog doo in your yard and parkway. I know it was increasingly difficult to maintain properties under a foot of snow, but now that it's a bit warmer, please do your part to keep our neighborhood safe and clean. Dog doo especially, as it is food for rodents and will contribute greatly to the rodent problem come summertime.

The 3rd Ward Public Service Office staff and I are available to assist you by phone 773-373-9273 or via email at Thank you for reading this newsletter. Please share it with a neighbor or friend.


Pat Dowell
Alderman, 3rd Ward