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The Girl Talk: The Hideout's New Politics Show Brings Women To The Front

By Jen Sabella | May 20, 2016 2:06pm | Updated on May 24, 2016 9:09am

CHICAGO — For more than a year, Chicagoans have packed The Hideout on the first Tuesday of each month to listen to a couple of journalists talk politics.

The show, First Tuesdays with Mick & Ben (Dumke, of the Sun-Times and Joravsky,of the Chicago Reader), features a series of guests from the local politics and media scene and gives Chicagoans a place to have a few beers and talk about issues that matter to them.

A few months back after a show, everyone's favorite political flak Joanna Klonsky was chatting with Joravsky and requested more ladies on the stage. He agreed— along with Hideout co-owner Tim Tuten — and The Girl Talk was born.

The show is hosted by outspoken CPS teacher Erika Wozniak, who is up for the "Everyday Hero" award through the American Federation of Teachers, and DNAinfo's Deputy Editor Jen Sabella (hey, that's me!). The always-industrious Klonsky will also be on hand (and wrangling guests). Once a month, we'll drink beer and speak to prominent Chicago women about politics, work and life in general.

One of our guests for the May 24 show is Ald. Susan Sadlowski-Garza (10th), who represents the city's Southeast Side and had a big political endorsement in 2015: from democratic presidential nominee Sen. Bernie Sanders. 

We'll also be joined by DNAinfo Chicago reporter Andrea Watson, who broke an exclusive story for JET magazine about Homewood Flossmoor honor student Taiylar Ball being banned from prom after reading a poem about empowerment for black women. The story has brought national attention to the suburban school, with "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling calling the prom ban "shameful." 

We'll also talk about sexism in city politics, the 2016 election and a bunch of other stuff. We'll also be trying out a potentially awkward feature: "Ask A Ladyboss," where we'll dish advice on anything from getting ahead at work to dating.

BRING ON THE QUESTIONS! (Seriously, if you plan to come and want to hear us attempt to give advice, send your questions to thegirltalkchi@gmail.com). Also, if you know a Chicago woman doing amazing things in the city, we'd love to hear your guest suggestions!

The next show is Tuesday, May 24 at The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia from 6:30-7:30 p.m. $5 at the door. Like The Girl Talk on Facebook here.

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