Yesterday, Women Winning was honored to attend the Inauguration of the new, all-women, pro-choice city council in St. Paul.
In St. Paul’s 170 year history, the number of men on its city council has far exceeded the number of women. Until recently, no more than 3 women at a time had served on the council, with 50% representation only achieved for the first time in 2018. And now, after a competitive, challenging election cycle and months of hard work, the “St. Paul Seven” have become the first all-women city council of a city of St. Paul’s size or larger in America.
This new group of city councilors will champion generational change for St. Paulites–from reproductive rights, to housing, to climate change, they understand what good governance means and will have our backs at every turn.
They represent the true diversity of St. Paul’s ethnic, cultural, linguistic, and faith communities and years of community involvement, organizing, and professional success.
They are renters and first-time home owners. They are adoptees. They are the daughters of immigrants and refugees. They are mothers. They are professionals. They have deep roots in their community. They represent what it is to be a St. Paulite. They represent what it is to be a Minnesotan.
We cannot wait to see all of the transformational work they will complete while in office, and wish them the best of luck on this new journey!
Photo: Sophia Allen News