Kathy Tate-Bradish Awarded 2020 Unsung Heroine Award
Thursday, March 05, 2020
Special to suffredin.org
Evanston resident Kathy Tate-Bradish was honored as the 2020 Unsung Heroine from the 13th Cook County Board District. Tate-Bradish was honored by the Cook County Commission on Women's Issues for her civic and community involvement in the greater Evanston area and globally over more than 35 years.
Tate-Bradish founded and runs the ABCs of Sex Education to teach HIV/AIDS education and offer workshops in rural Kenya. She developed a curriculum which trains Kenyan farmers to teach their peers HIV prevention with a focus on role-plays and breaking social taboos around sex education and HIV testing. The ABCs teaches the internationally endorsed cornerstones of comprehensive sex education: Abstain, Be faithful, and/or use Condoms correctly and consistently. The program has reduced teen pregnancy by 25% and increased condom use and HIV testing by 20%. She has transformed the initial volunteer organization to a structured professional Kenyan NGO with field staff and a Managing Director. More than 70,000 Kenyans have been taught by ABCs’ trained community educators since 2008.
Locally, she is active with the League of Women Voters and has moderated countless forums around Cook County and advocated for reform and participatory democracy. She actively volunteers with the Evanston Lighthouse Rotary Club, North Shore Senior Center, Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired and New Foundation for Hope.
Tate-Bradish was honored along with 17 other women - one from each of the 17 county districts and one from Cook County at large – during Women's History Month. Unsung Heroine honorees were selected based on their contributions to their communities, families and professional endeavors that are vital, but seldom recognized. They are drawn from the community they serve.
The 23rd Annual Unsung Heroine Awards Breakfast was held on March 5, 2020 in the Chicago Cultural Center's Preston Bradley Hall. The award was presented by Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.
Click here to download a photo. 2020 Unsung Heroine Award (L to R: Commissioner Larry Suffredin, Trina Janes (Women’s Commission Representative), Audra Wilson (Women's Commission Chair), Kathy Tate-Bradish (2020 honoree) and President Toni Preckwinkle.
Commissioner Larry Suffredin represents the 13th County Board District, which includes areas of Evanston, Glencoe, Glenview, Kenilworth, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, Niles, Northbrook, Skokie, Wilmette, Winnetka and Chicago's 49th and 50th Wards.