Rep. Kaohly Her
I am hearing so much, from my constituents and from folks across Minnesota. I always make time to speak with people about what’s happening in their communities. We’re having deep and interesting conversations about the environment, education, housing, transportation and bike lanes, and reproductive freedom. I really appreciate our ability to talk about the intersectionality of the issues.
We’ve already had conversations about abortion come up in one of our hearings about the Equal Rights Amendment (which Minnesota has still not passed, by the way). It is mind boggling that we can’t move forward on this issue, for equal treatment to be written in statute, without attempts to take away access to abortion.
I sit on the Judiciary Committee, and when we’re looking to improve laws that impact men there’s no pushback. For example, there’s a particular statute that would allow a man who finds out that he is not the biological father of a child to adjust child support obligations. But when we’re talking about legislation concerning marital rape, or sexual harassment, or child marriage, or rights for women who are in same-sex marriages, things that pertain to women’s bodies and women’s rights, we see pushback. The only way that changes is if we have women in positions where they can say, “hey, we need to reevaluate this.” We have to have women at the table. That’s why the work of Women Winning is so crucial and so important.