About the Peggy A. Montes Unsung Heroine of Cook County Award

As an annual event in observance of Women’s History Month, the Commission on Women’s Issues honors one woman from each of the seventeen County districts, and this year, for the first time, there will be an eighteenth honoree, selected by the four at large members of the Cook County Women’s Commission. All eighteen women are recognized for their vital contributions to their respective communities. The award places these women’s achievements within the larger fabric of history and commemorates the powerful impact women have had on the development of our social, cultural, economic and political institutions.

The County honors these remarkable women as a way to bring their stories to light, to thank them publicly, and to celebrate the tradition of achievement and commitment to the greater good that is embodied by women leaders throughout the history of Cook County. Although their stories do not usually make the news, their contributions are truly newsworthy. These women are being recognized for using their time, talent, spirit and enthusiasm to enrich and improve the lives of others.