The Women of the Chicago Union

by Tessa Martyn

Today, March 8, 2022, the Chicago Union celebrates International Women’s Day, a day that recognizes the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women today and every day. 

International Women’s Day began in the early 1900’s during a time of great expansion and turbulence within the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies. 

In February 1909, National Women’s Day in the United States came to life. The following year, at the second International Conference of Working Women in Copenhagen, Denmark, Clara Zetkin, women’s rights activist, called for an international women’s day to give women a greater voice to further their demands for equal rights.

International Women’s Day was marked for the first time in March 1911 - and the date was fixed as March 8th in 1913. The United Nations celebrated it for the first time in 1975.

Countries across the globe celebrate International Women’s Day as a national holiday.

Help us celebrate all of the amazing women in our organization: 


Alexis Abelove, Director of Operations & Marketing 

Alexandra Jerbi, Digital Marketing & Social Media Intern 

Alina Nelson, Team Photographer 

Candace Breedlove, Emcee/Event Curator

Emilie “Willie” Willingham, Color Commentator 

Sarah Gnolek, Assistant Coach 

Judith Coleman, Gameday Manager 

Meghan White, Team Photographer 

Tori Snyder, Youth Program Director

Tessa Martyn, Sports Communications Intern

“Women have and will continue to change the world - especially in sports. I’m proud to work with so many great women in the organization who continue to make strides in the industry. It is very important for me to surround myself with others who inspire and motivate me. We must continue to support, invest, and bet on women! Happy International Women’s Day, today and every day!,” said Abelove, Director of Operations & Marketing.