McLean County Democrats celebrate Women's History Month

March 01, 2019

We'll be celebrating Women's History Month by publishing short essays written by our local heroes (or she-roes) about women who inspired them. Our first one is written by Sally Pancrazio:

"As a kid growing up in upstate New York, my family couldn’t afford books—but they bought us comics. My favorite comic book— and my hero— was Wonder Woman. I wanted to be her. In real life, I’ve seen Wonder Women—House Speaker Nancy Pelosi; artist Judy Chicago; poet Maya Angelou; activists Mother Jones and Eleanor Roosevelt; dancer Misty Copeland; Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg; athletes Serena and Venus Williams—to name a few. They all wear golden bracelets and tiaras and do good."

Sally Bulkley Pancrazio was born in Endicott, New York, and found her way to central Illinois where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Illinois State University. Sally earned an MS degree from Indiana State and an Ed.D from the University of Illinois in Teacher Education. She began her teaching career at Jamaica Consolidated High School, and later was a researcher both at Indiana State University and Illinois State University. She spent eighteen years with the Illinois State Board of Education in the Office of Public Instruction. Upon leaving the State Board of Education, Sally returned to Illinois State University serving as Dean of the College of Education. Sally is a founder of our local Indivisible chapter and was a driving force behind getting the ERA passed in Illinois."