TRAILBLAZERS & CHANGEMAKERS
Trailblazers & Changemakers is Women Winning’s original interview series, featuring inspiring conversations with pro-choice women leaders who are making the difference in Minnesota. We know that the work doesn’t end with an election — pro-choice women are showing up every day as advocates, trailblazers, and changemakers. Read on to meet the champions who are fighting for our rights and our democracy.
Trailblazers & Changemakers: Mayor Amáda Márquez Simula
"Everyone who runs for office is putting themselves out there, and that only increases for women, for young people, and especially for people of color. When people step up to run, we’ve got to have their backs. Otherwise, we’re missing out on quality people who have so much to offer their communities."
Trailblazers & Changemakers: Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan
"If anything, the past couple of months have shown that democracy isn’t guaranteed. We have to tend to it and care for it -- we can’t take it for granted. And we can’t take our rights and our own reproductive healthcare for granted."
Trailblazers & Changemakers: Rep. Rena Moran
"When we talk about equity, it is not the icing on the cake -- something extra, something additional. It has to be the butter in the cake, embedded in how we do our work. I want to help my colleagues be intentional about doing our work through a race equity lens."
Trailblazers & Changemakers: Sen. Erin Murphy
"It is time for us, not to intentionally inflame the other side, but to make sure we’re doing everything in the law to protect people’s reproductive freedom… it’s time for us to get rid of barriers, and make sure people think of abortion care and reproductive care as healthcare -- because they are."
Trailblazers & Changemakers: Rep. Mary Kunesh-Podein
"I’m thankful for the women around me and the leaders across our state who are looking at this crisis with unique perspectives. Women are asking important questions… Women are looking to work together, come together, and make the situation better for everybody. There are bumpy spots ahead, but we will persevere and come out strong."
Trailblazers & Changemakers: Jess McIntosh
"We have a number of women running for President and, while they still face a bigger uphill challenge than the men running, we can see [sexism] and we are more prepared to talk about it. The sunlight helps us. These conversations are uncomfortable, but it’s how we clear the path."
Trailblazers & Changemakers: Nelsie Yang
"It's important to be engaged so that we can start to make change together. Change comes from people in the community raising their voices and taking action. Whether its hosting neighborhood gatherings, organizing rallies, or even showing up to City Council meetings, change comes from the people."
Trailblazers & Changemakers: Anika Bowie
“When it comes to choice, St. Paul is on the right side of history. With a pro-choice woman majority council, we have the car, we have the right people in the driver’s seat, now we can accelerate.”
Trailblazers & Changemakers: Congresswoman Betty McCollum
"With women at the table, bringing diverse perspectives, we have a better, richer, fuller discussion and better outcomes. The impact of having more women in Congress -- from Minnesota and from across the country -- has been fantastic."
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