Interview: Congressional Candidate Patti Piatt


Patti Piatt, congressional candidate in Kentucky’s District 4, talks about juggling three jobs, going to college and being a single mom, then becoming a corporate executive and losing a son.

When we asked Patti about the moment she decided to run, she had this to say:

“First, I wrote a letter to Congress in the 7th grade. Then I was going to go to law school and run for Congress, but life got in the way. And years later at the 2017 Women’s March I saw all these women standing together. From that moment on I knew, this was the time.”

She had this to say about what the impact will be with so many women running for political office:

“Instead of a room full of old guys deciding what’s best for women, we get a voice in the room. And that’s what we need.”

Find out more about Patti: PiattforCongress.com

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Interview: Amy McGrath, Candidate for Congress in Kentucky


Congressional candidate Amy McGrath tells us about how she dreamed of becoming a fighter pilot as a young girl, the impact her mom has had on her life and now her path as a candidate in the race for the U.S. House of Representatives in Kentucky’s 6th District.

When we asked Amy about the impact her mom has had on her life and her path to Congress, she said, “She was a working mom, a doctor. When I was growing up in the 80s not many women were doctors. I thought that was the norm. I knew she was doing what she loved and I loved that. She told me follow your dreams and you can do it.”

Find out more about Amy: AmyMcGrathforCongress.com

Interview: Denise Gray Runs for State Senate in Kentucky


Tracy and Kathy talk to Denise about how she changed careers from law to Special Education and now is running for Kentucky’s District 28 Senate seat.

When we asked her about the moment she decided to run for State Senate of Kentucky, she said, “There were several moments. But, there was one specific moment. She was a student at one of the schools where I teach. I found her crying in the library one day. I asked her, ‘what’s wrong?’ She said, ‘Miss Gray, I can’t do anything in life.’ She thought it was because she was a girl, Latina and because she’s poor. I said to her, ‘I’m a girl, my mom is from South America and I’m definitely not rich, so you can definitely do anything with your life. It was at that moment I realized she needed to see someone of color, someone who’s a girl, who could to go out and make a change and make a difference.”

Find out more about Denise Gray go to: DeniseGray4ky.com

Interview: Congressional Candidate Dr. Mai Khanh Tran


Dr. Mai Khanh Tran (CA39) took time in between her young patients to do this interview. The moment we met her we felt an immediate connection. As she shared her life story, my mom and I were spellbound. This is why we’re traveling across the country to meet these women.

When we asked Dr. Mai Khanh Tran about how she came to this country so many years ago, she had this to say:

“I was part of the orphan airlift prior to the end of the Vietnam war at the age of 9. It was the only way we were going to get out of the country. When I landed in the U.S., an American soldier got on to the plane and carried me off. So I was carried on to American soil by a U.S. soldier. It was the soldier who really gave me this vision of what America is all about; How great and kind and compassionate and welcoming it is.”

Dr. Tran continued:
“So, one of the reasons I’m running is because of my 5 year old daughter. I’ve battled breast cancer twice and after that I had to go through big rounds of IVF for my beautiful daughter.
But I’m worried that the vision of America that she sees is different than the vision I saw when I first came to The States.”

Find out more about Dr. Tran go to doctran2018.com.

Check out all of our interviews and travel highlights: women2018.org

And now, we’re off to Kentucky to interview more candidates. Come along with us on this adventure.

Record Number of Women Running for Congress in Texas

It’s happening all over the country. Women are running for political office in record numbers in 2018!

Texas has more than 50 women candidates running for Congress. They’re from all walks of life with fascinating stories to tell. Like Judy Canales, a Latina running in the 23rd district.

On the encouragement of friends, Canales is ready. She tells ABC News senior congressional correspondent, Mary Bruce, “I’m good. I’ve got to go for it.”

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600,000 Attended Women’s March LA

The Women’s March Los Angeles returned to Downtown Los Angeles today for the 2nd annual event, drawing an incredible turnout of over 600,000 attendees. The powerful lineup of activists and stars included Elizabeth Banks, Chloe Bennet, Rowan Blanchard, Connie Britton, Yvette Nicole Brown, Sophia Bush, Ted Danson, Viola Davis, Lea DeLaria, Zoey Deutch, Tony Goldwyn, Sarah Hyland, Paris Jackson, Allison Janney, Scarlett Johansson, Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher, Eva Longoria, Megan Mullally, Olivia Munn, Lupita Nyong’o, Natalie Portman, Rob Reiner, Nicole Richie, Catt Sadler, Adam Scott, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Mary Steenburgen, Lea Thompson, Marisa Tomei, Olivia Wilde, Larry Wilmore, Alfre Woodard, and Constance Wu, and performers Idina Menzel, Andra Day, Rachel Platten, Daya, Maxwell, Andy Grammer, Keala Settle, and The Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles with Melissa Etheridge.

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