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Vlasta Krsek (1937-2020) “International Queen of Polka”
Judy Baar Topinka (1944-2014) Illinois State Representatives and Senator; Illinois State Treasurer
Ertharin Cousin (born 1957) White House Liaison to the State Department, COO of Feeding America, Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme
Lillian Herstein (1886-1983) Teacher, labor leader, co-founder of the Farmer Labor Party, Woman Consultant for the US War Production Board
Pearl Hart (1890-1975) First women to practice criminal law in Chicago; advocate for immigrants; “Guardian Angel of Chicago’s Gay Community”
Angela Perez Miller (1937-2007) Teacher and administrator for Chicago Public Schools; professor; expert in bilingual education and educational policy
Guadalupe Reyes (1918-2000) Founder of Esperanza, a school for disabled children, and El Valor which provides employment and life-skills training for disabled adults
Teresa Fraga (born 1944) Activist and community organizer
Emma Lozano (born 1955) Pastor and community activist; founder of Centro Sin Fronteras and co-founder of Familia Latina Unida
Helen Valdez Co-founder of the Mexican Fine Arts Center (now the National Museum of Mexican Art)
Florence Scala (1918-2007) Little Italy activist
Fannie Hagen Emanuel (1871-1934) Physician and reformer; founder of the Emanuel Settlement House
Oprah Winfrey (born 1954) Talk show host, actor, author, philanthropist, “Queen of Media”
Mary Wallace (born ~1950) First female CTA bus driver
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