A group of local political connoisseurs has teamed up to offer pro bono guidance to Illinois women considering a run for office — from local school council to U.S. Congress.
“I woke up Wednesday fearing all those women who were inspired to run for office might not follow their dreams,” said founder Anne Szkatulski, a 32-year-old attorney who lives in Chicago’s West Loop. “The wheels started turning, and I thought, ‘We can do this.'”
By the following Monday, Szkatulski had a website, a group of 35 volunteer advisers and a mission.
“My primary emotional reaction to the election was fear that women would decide not to get involved in politics,” Szkatulski told me. “So that’s the problem I decided to attack head-on. We want to make sure every Democratic woman in Illinois has someone to call when she wants to get involved in her community.”
“I, personally, and our team of advisers all have experience working with the Democratic Party,” she said. “We’re really only comfortable providing services through that lens.”
Advisers include Tarah Cooper, former press secretary for Mayor Rahm Emanuel; Sarah Cottrell, who worked as the digital director and deputy press secretary for U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth; and Rachel O’Konis Ruttenberg, executive director at the Family Defense Center, a nonprofit that advocates for families in the child welfare system.
Women who are interested in running for office, or know someone who should run, can sign up as clients on Rodham Consulting’s website, and an adviser will set up a consultation.
Szkatulski says the group has about 150 clients so far, with backgrounds ranging from stay-at-home…