When State Representative Peggy Flanagan made history as the first Native American woman to speak at the Democratic National Convention, she talked about her young daughter, Siobhan, who dreamed of growing up to be President of the United States. Reading a heartfelt letter signed “Love, Mommy”, Rep. Flanagan promised her little girl, “someday, I’ll vote for you.” Five years later, now Lieutenant Governor Flanagan is the highest-ranking Native American woman elected official in the country and Kamala Harris is the first woman, and first Black and Asian American woman, elected Vice President of the United States. The highest, hardest glass ceilings are cracking and the face of power is changing.
For the latest in our Trailblazers & Changemakers interview series, Women Winning was honored to speak with Lt. Governor Flanagan about leading through unpredictable challenges, anti-choice legislators using the “politics of distraction” to shirk responsibility, what Minnesotans need to know about the 2022 elections and redistricting, and Siobhan’s touching reaction to Vice President Harris’ election.