April Freeman talks about the moment she decided to run for public office, women and conflict resolution in Congress and the impact women are having in politics. She also talks about her producing and writing career and her work on the HBO film “Hemingway and Gelhorn.”
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Sheila Cherfilus McCormick talks about her love for her diverse Floridian District 20. She talks about the moment she decided to run for office, her Haitian immigrant parents and her supportive husband and wonderful family. Sheila talks about a fascinating business dinner she attended where she talked to women all over the world about women and American politics. Sheila says, “women are going to make a huge impact in 2019. We will ALL ‘win’ because so many women are standing up and getting involved.”
Find out more about Sheila Cherfilus McCormick: SheilaForCongress.com.
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Lauren Baer talks about the impact her mother has had on her life and her candidacy, her love for Florida’s 18th District, her wife and young child, her family business and her words to live by, “Life can change in an instant.”
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Katie Porter is a longtime Cubmaster (her daughter is now a Cub Scout too!) consumer financial protection attorney, law professor and author of three books. But that’s not all. Katie Porter is running for Congress in California’s 45th Congressional District.
When we asked Katie about what the impact will be with so many women running for political office, she had this to say:
“This is an Incredibly important moment. I think it’s a time to not only to transform the composition of Congress, but the progress that we make on policy issues.”
“My Mentor Elizabeth Warren said, ‘Electing more women is not something we do for women, it’s something we do for America.’”
Katie continued, “We’ve seen it over and over again; That women lead in different ways. In ways that add to the productivity of Congress. It’s not just women coming into leadership but all voters supporting women in leadership.”
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Elissa Slotkin talks about growing up on a farm, working for the CIA as a Middle East Analyst and the impact her mom has had on her life.
When we asked her about the moment she decided to run Elissa had this to say, “The big moment was when the House of Representatives decided to repeal the ACA last year. For me, because of my mom’s illness (she has since passed away from ovarian cancer) this is very personal. My mom’s insurance lapsed and they wouldn’t do the tests she needed until they had the check for thousands of dollars to cover the costs.”
Elissa talked about what she thinks the impact will be with so many women running for political office, “There are amazing stories of women running for the first time. Stories of competent people running. And what really changes is when you have a big group of people coming in. That’s when you have real cultural change.”
Find out more about Elissa Slotkin, who’s running for Congress in Michigan’s 8th District: ElissaForCongress.com
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Michigander Congressional candidate, Fayrouz Saad talks about her involvement with Detroit’s revitalization project and how her parents came to the U.S. over 40 years ago and inspired her to go for her dreams.
When we asked Fayrouz about what she learned from her parents, she said, “They taught me there are so many opportunities here if I work hard. I am the product of the American Dream.”
And what about the impact of so many women running in 2018? Fayrouz had this to say, “Women are changing the face and definition of leadership and power in this country.”
Kristin Bonds is running for Congress in the 11th District in Michigan. She talks about how her famous father (Bill Bonds) impacted her life and encouraged her to go for her dreams.
We asked Kristine about any advice her dad had for her. She said, “My dad told me to work hard, work smart and that there are no boundaries.”
Kristine reflected on the moment she decided to run for congress, “I remember reading a book on Lincoln and Washington. I fell in love with their character and what they did for this country. And, I have a very supportive spouse.”
It was a great, insightful interview with Gretchen Whitmer who’s running for Governor of Michigan. Gretchen is so accessible, kind, powerful and an inspiration to the women running for political office.
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Gretchen Whitmer talks about her run for Governor, her love of Michigan and her insights about this very special year for women and politics.
When we asked Gretchen about being a native Michigander, Gretchen says, “I’m proud to be a Michigander. Twenty percent of the fresh water in the world is here. ” When we asked her about the moment she decided to run, she reflects, “The Flint water crisis was the last straw.”
The challenges for running as a woman? “I’ve found I get compared to other women by men. But, I will carry my own baggage,” What about any insights for the first time women candidates? “Jump in.” Whitmer says. “When more women run, more women will win.”