Press Release

Sente Encourages Young Women to Pursue Leadership Roles


VERNON HILLS, Ill. – State Rep. Carol Sente, D-Vernon Hills, served as the first guest speaker for Adlai E. Stevenson High School’s newest club focused on empowering young women to pursue positions in leadership.

“It is my passion to bring civics to life for young adults and show them that they as individuals have the power to foster positive change in their communities,” Sente said. “We need to demonstrate to our future leaders that they need to stay engaged. If guiding them through the legislative process and helping them turn their ideas into laws isn’t proof that anyone can make a difference, I don’t know what is.”

Responding to concerns over the rising costs of college tuition, Sente worked with local high school students earlier this year to champion their idea for a new law expanding Advanced Placement (AP) exam credit at public universities to include scores of 3, 4 and 5. Another idea brought to Sente by local students, Suffrage at 17, which allows 17-year-olds to vote in a primary election if they will 18 by the general election, was signed into law in 2013.

Lean-In, a club at Adlai E. Stevenson High School, was formed by students Maya Parekh and Rachel Aranyi to raise awareness of the gender gap in leadership and provide role models, education and mentoring to the leaders of the future. Parekh and Aranyi met with Sente throughout the spring to discuss their ideas, goals and visions for the club. Both students went on to participate in Sente’s legislative internship program throughout the summer to learn more about women in leadership and public service.

Pictured: State Rep. Carol Sente speaks with Lean-In Club members about her experiences as a woman who has pursued leadership roles in the public and private sectors.