In 2015, Mayor Emily Larson became the first woman elected Mayor of Duluth, Minnesota. On election night 2015, she said: “I think together, as a community, we have changed the face of leadership in a way that’s going to really benefit girls and women for generations to come.”
During her first term, Mayor Larson has championed reproductive health care, pay equity, paid family leave, earned sick time, and developing and promoting women’s leadership. Mayor Larson kicked off her re-election campaign in March 2019 and Women Winning was proud to be the first organization to endorse her. We spoke with Mayor Larson about what inspired her to run for public office, what she tells girls who visit the mayor’s office, and how she pushes back when she encounters biases about women’s executive leadership.