Two progressive Midwestern moms interview candidates/activists/authors across the country. We were inspired by the Women's March to do something, and we try to help our listeners (and ourselves) figure out where we go from here.
Rebecca, Sophy and Kelly come together for this special edition of the #VoteHerIn podcast to discuss what's next for women activists, candidates, and electeds as we are now just one year out from the 2022 elections when so much will be at stake. They will be sharing their lessons learned/conclusions reached from the vantage point of over 75 episodes of the #VoteHerIn podcast, taking into account both the positive (so many women of so many different kinds were elected in November 2021) and the negative (the likely anti-choice actions of the US Supreme Court in the coming month). And they will also take a look forward with high hopes for the amazing work tens of thousands of women will do in 2022 and subsequent years. In that context, they will preview Rebecca's new book, Make Herstory Your Story: Your Guided Journal to Justice Every Day for Every Woman, now available for presale; another tool for women activists changing the world for the better.
On the 77th episode of the #VoteHerIn series, Rebecca and Kelly speak with with Abbie Hodgson, Director of The Ascend Fund. Abbie brings more than two decades of experience in politics to her role as the director of The Ascend Fund. She has worked on more than 100 campaigns at all levels across the country, and has even run for office herself. Abbie earned a PhD from the University of Kansas, where her dissertation focused on increasing the number of women in politics by improving the ways organizations recruit, train, and support women in the process of running for office.
Special #MakeHerstory edition of #VoteHerIn, a collaboration of Two Broads Talking Politics & author Rebecca SiveWith Illinois Deputy Gov Sol A. Flores and strategist Alex Sims.Sol Flores serves as deputy governor in Illinois Governor JB Pritzker's administration overseeing Health and Human Services since February 2019. As Deputy Governor, she helped oversee the administration's response to COVID-19, including housing relief and vaccination efforts. Additionally, Flores spearheads the administration's efforts around poverty alleviation, hunger relief, expanding healthcare access to all, and strengthening the state's safety nets for its most vulnerable residents. She was the founding executive director of La Casa Norte, a non-profit organization established in 2002 that has served more than 30,000 youth and families confronting homelessness. Flores built La Casa Norte from two employees to a multi-million-dollar organization delivering inspiration, hope, and critical services. She is a tireless advocate, having served on numerous working groups, commissions, and nonprofit boards. Flores was raised by a single mother who came to Chicago from Puerto Rico, who was recognized as a national Champion of Change by President Barack Obama.Alexandra (Alex) P. Sims believes that one's birthplace and economic status shouldn't negatively affect one's life journey, and her career has taught her that real change is brought about when there is synergy, empathy, and aligned purposes among all public affairs sectors: business, government, philanthropy, and grassroots organizing. Alex came to Chicago from metro Detroit to attend Northwestern University. Awarded the prestigious CORO Fellowship, Alex was assigned by the CORO program to serve in the St. Louis, Missouri area. Motivated by President Barack Obama's education and social policies, Alex was appointed to head his 2012 Presidential campaign for the St. Louis region. Following Obama's victory, Alex continued as a State Coordinator with Organizing for Action (OFA), relocating to Chicago. It was in Chicago there that she founded Every Vote Counts, where she directed the registration of over 120,000 voters in 4 four months - the largest voter registration campaign in the country that year. While Senior Advisor to the City of Chicago Treasurer, she launched an aggressive and strategic agenda of financial equity and access. Now, founder and CEO of APS and Associates, she counsels numerous clients, including The Obama Foundation and Illinois Governor JB Pritzker.Both Sol and Alex are graduates of the women in public leadership initiative created by Rebecca Sive for the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy.
#VoteHerIn, a collaboration of Two Broads Talking Politics & Rebecca Sive.Julie Castro Abrams is an expert in board governance and building diverse boards that are a strategic advantage. She is an experienced non profit CEO and entrepreneur and through her consulting practice she supports leaders to build high-performance boards, break through performance for the leaders and high performing multicultural teams. She is Chair and CEO of How Women Lead, a network of over 13,000 women dedicated to promoting diverse women's voices and propelling women's leadership forward as well as the Managing Partner of BoardLeaders.com where she actively places leaders on corporate boards and supports them to build inclusive and high-performance boards.An active investor and advisor to start-ups, Julie also sits on the advisory boards of the fin-tech start-up LENDonate, The New Search Collaborative and is the Governance Chair for the Women's Funding Network, a network of women's foundations across the globe. She has previously led the board of multiple nonprofit organizations located throughout the country, including Board Director for the National Council of La Raza, Governance Chair for the Association for Enterprise Opportunity and Board Chair of Cypress String Quartet.The recipient of many accolades, Julie has won the More Jobs Genius Award, the Morgan Stanley Innovation Award, Cisco's Innovation in Technology Award, the League of Women Voters' Women Who Could Be President Award, the Stevie Award for Best Non-Profit Executive, and the Commission on the Status of Women's Human Rights Award, and is a member of the Women of Color Action Network, Leadership California, and the Marin Women's Hall of Fame. She has also been featured in four books, including “Scrappy Women in Business,” “Women of Courage,” and “The Missing Mentor,” and Fast Company's video series “30 Second MBA.”
On #VoteHerIn, a collaboration of Two Broads Talking Politics & Rebecca Sive:Sara Guillermo is the CEO of IGNITE, the largest and most diverse young women's political leadership program in the country. Prior to assuming the CEO position in June 2021, Sara was Ignite's Executive Director. As Sara noted in June regarding her plans for IGNITE:“After an incomparable  political season, I am even more committed to bringing IGNITE training to all 50 states through virtual and in-person programming that mobilizes a new generation to prioritize civic engagement and political activism. I'm also passionate about increasing the representation of young women of color, especially in local office, as well as on boards and commissions, across the country, and we will work to dramatically accelerate young women's paths to the ballot.”With 2022 midterms on the horizon, IGNITE is seizing the momentum of 2020 to dramatically expand its training and mobilization efforts so that today's generation of young women are active participants in American democracy as candidates, advocates, campaign team members, voters, and community organizers. Guillermo is committed to launching 100 new candidates in the next two years through acceleration of IGNITE's Run Now cohort trainingAs a founding member of the IGNITE team, Sara was instrumental in growing the organization from a small high school-based program in the California Bay Area. Via the program model that Sara co-developed with IGNITE's Founder, Anne Moses, (previously a #VoteHerIn guest), IGNITE has trained upwards of 10,000 young women across 30 states. Sara's previous leadership positions at Seeking Common Ground, Aspire Public Schools, and buildOn inform her passion and expertise in community service, youth leadership development, program management and capacity building. As a breast cancer survivor, Sara is deeply committed to reforming local health care policies and systems to better meet the needs of diverse communities. She currently serves on the Concord/Pleasant Hill Healthcare Community Board where she serves as a voice to advance community healthcare priorities. Sara was recently recognized as a Roddenberry Fellow for her vision and leadership. Sara holds an MSW from the University of Denver and a B.A. in Psychology from UC Santa Cruz.*
Healthcare policy activist and 9/11 survivor Lila Nordstrom joins Kelly to discuss her incredible new book, Some Kids Left Behind: A Survivor's Fight for Health Care in the Wake of 9/11, which is both a riveting memoir of 9/11 and what happened to survivors in the aftermath, and a guidebook for how to advocate for yourself and your community when no one else will. You can purchase Some Kids Left Behind at https://bookshop.org/books/some-kids-left-behind-a-survivor-s-fight-for-health-care-in-the-wake-of-9-11/9781948062626 or anywhere books are sold.
Anne Caprara has managed and consulted with candidates and elected officials at every level of state and federal government. She currently serves as the chief of staff for Illinois governor, JB Pritzker. Before that she was the campaign manager for Pritzker's successful gubernatorial campaign where he defeated the Republican incumbent by almost 16 points. Before that, Anne served as the Executive Director for Priorities USA Action, the main SuperPAC supporting Hillary Clinton for President in 2016.In 2014, Anne was political director for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, helping to oversee Senate races in 33 states. In 2011 and 2012, Anne served as the DSCC's Deputy Political Director, covering all Senate races east of Wisconsin.In 2008, Anne was the campaign manager for Betsy Markey, a first-time candidate running against a 3-term Republican Congresswoman in Colorado's 4th congressional district. Betsy won by the race by 12 points and over 41,000 votes in a district where Republicans outnumber Democrats by 45,000 voters. Anne subsequently served as Betsy's chief of staff from 2008 until 2010.Anne also served as Chief of Staff for Ohio Congresswoman Betty Sutton and as the Deputy Research Director at EMILY's List. She obtained her Master's degree from George Washington University and her undergraduate degree from American University. Anne was born and raised in the Philadelphia area and is an avid surfer and a tried and true Eagles fan.
LIVE #VoteHerIn, a collaboration of Two Broads Talking Politics & Rebecca Sive with Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson."Jocelyn Benson is Michigan's 43rd Secretary of State. In this role she is focused on ensuring that all Michigan elections are secure and accessible.Benson is the author of State Secretaries of State: Guardians of the Democratic Process, the first major book on the role of the secretary of state in enforcing election and campaign finance laws. She is also the Chair of Michigan's Task Force on Women in Sports, created by Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer in 2019 to advance opportunities for women in Michigan as athletes and sports leaders.A graduate of Harvard Law School and expert on civil rights law, education law and election law, Benson served as dean of Wayne State University Law School in Detroit. When she was appointed dean at age 36, she became the youngest woman in U.S. history to lead a top-100, accredited law school. She continues to serve as vice chair of the advisory board for the Levin Center at Wayne Law, which she founded with former U.S. Sen. Carl Levin. Previously, Benson was an associate professor and associate director of Wayne Law's Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights."-excerpted from Michigan Secretary of State Website
On the 71st Episode of the #VoteHerIn Series, guests Kathryn Kolbert and Julie F. Kay discuss their book, Controlling Women: What We Must Do Now to Save Reproductive Freedom. "Controlling Women, by distinguished lawyers Kathryn Kolbert and Julie F. Kay, is the definitive account of the battle for American women's reproductive freedom. Roe v. Wade protected abortion rights and Planned Parenthood v. Casey preserved them. Yet, in the subsequent decades, these constitutional rights have been gutted by restrictive state legislation, the appointment of hundreds of anti-abortion judges, and violence against abortion providers. Today, the ultra-conservative majority at the Supreme Court has Americans worried that American women are about to lose their most fundamental reproductive protections. When Roe is toppled, abortion may quickly become a criminal offense in nearly one-third of the United States. At least six states have enacted bans on abortion as early as six weeks of pregnancy—before many women are even aware they are pregnant. Today, 89% of U.S. counties do not have a single abortion provider, in part due to escalating violence and intimidation aimed at disrupting services.Authors Kolbert and Kay share the story of one of the most divisive issues in American politics through behind-the-scenes personal narratives of stunning losses, hard-earned victories, and moving accounts of women and health care providers at the heart of nearly five decades of legal battles. At this make-or-break moment for legal abortion in the United States, Kolbert and Kay propose audacious new strategies inspired by medical advances, state-level protections, human rights models, and activists across the globe whose courage and determination are making a difference."-excerpted from Hachette Books
Sarah Godlewski is a 5th generation Wisconsinite born and raised in Eau Claire by two public school teachers, was elected as State Treasurer in 2018, and is a proud Green Bay Packers shareholder. As a small businesswoman, Sarah co-founded MaSa Partners in 2015, a small business incubator focused on making a difference in our communities by investing in renewable energy projects, Main Street start-ups, and women-owned businesses. Sarah previously served as Co-Chair of UNICEF USA's Advocacy Leadership Group.
Every so often, it's really important to check-in with colleagues on the front lines of women's issues advocacy and women's political empowerment. One of those colleagues is Erin Vilardi, the estimable founder and CEO of VoteRunLead, a non-partisan organization that promotes women's political participation and leadership and trains women to run for political office. It has had astounding success—astounding because VRL has proven over and over again that women−when trained, encouraged, mentored, and sufficiently well-funded−can win office just as frequently as men do. Since we are now in the run-up to the 2022 Congressional elections(!), and there are numerous races around the country in 2021, Rebecca asked Erin to join us to discuss what to look for in trends, types of candidates, and regarding the issues and messages that win for women candidates. For more information about Erin's extensive background in this work, go to https://www.voterunlead.org/erin_vilardi.
Veteran business journalist Marcus Baram, whose career includes tenures at the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, ABC News and Fast Company, joins Kelly to discuss Capital & Main's new series, “The 50-100 Pay Gap,” which will delve into the stunning finding of a recent study by the RAND Corporation -- that a full-time worker earning the median income of $50,000 today would be making $100,000 if the nation's economic growth had been shared over the past 45 years as broadly as it was from the end of World War II until the early 1970s. The cost of living continues to rise dramatically and Americans' wages are not keeping pace, earning half of what they deserve.
On this episode we speak with Liuba Grechen Shirley, Founder of the Vote Mama PAC and the Vote Mama Foundation, about their push for candidates to be permitted to use campaign funds for childcare at the state level as they are now allowed to do at the federal level, and what it would mean for more legislators to be parents of young children.
Why appoint, as well as elect, women to executive political office? Chicago Alderman (since first elected in 2007), Pat Dowell, a lifelong and distinguished public servant, has the answers for us. For instance, Pat has been a senior city planner and the head of several not-for-profits, as well as a social worker and university instructor. Now running in the Illinois Democratic Party primary for Illinois Secretary of State, a state-wide executive office never held by a woman, she is presently the Chair of the Chicago City Council Budget Committee, overseeing billions of dollars in municipal expenditures. As an economic development expert, Pat was a significant catalyst for the rebirth of the historic Bronzeville community on Chicago's South Side, beginning in the 1990s. Previously, Pat was the executive director of Chicago's Near West Side Community Development Corporation, the Mid-South Planning and Development Commission, and Public Allies, a national youth development organization, founded in Chicago by First Lady Michelle Obama (of which #VoteHerIn host, Rebecca Sive, was a founding board member). While a college basketball star, Pat earned her B.A. in developmental psychology from The University of Rochester. She then earned her M.A. in social service administration from the University of Chicago.
Chicago City Clerk, and Democratic primary candidate for Illinois Secretary of State, Anna Valencia, grew up in Granite City, IL, a small town in Southern Illinois. Her father is a union painter and her mother worked for a non-profit. After becoming the first in her family to graduate from college, Anna dedicated her career to public service. She became City Clerk of Chicago in January 2017 and has worked tirelessly to build a clerk’s office that benefits all Chicagoans. Anna is a millennial leader who uses innovative thinking and her working-class roots to guide her office and make city services more accessible and equitable.
In conversation with Anna Musky-Goldwyn and Anthony Burkett, two of the three co-founders of Political Playlist, a nonpartisan news aggregator created for Millennials by Millennials in an effort to educate young voters about the next generation of political leaders through customized content based around each user's specific views and beliefs.
#TeamRobin is the crowd that supports Illinois member of the US House of Representatives, Robin Kelly. Elected on a platform headlined by her support for powerful new gun control laws, Kelly has been steadfast in this advocacy as well as become a leader on other issues that help families lead healthy lives and live in safe communities. Among her important recent work has been advocacy for decreasing maternal deaths; in the US particularly and tragically high among African American women. Along with sister, and neighboring, Member Lauren Underwood, Kelly is a powerful and inspirational role model for women throughout Illinois, having also served in legislative and executive office in the state and holding a Ph.D.in political science.
Kelly talks to Jason Kander about talking to our friends and neighbors, supporting veterans, and putting in the work to reclaim mental health. Jason Kander is an Army veteran, the former Secretary of State of Missouri, President of the Veterans Community Project, and the host of Majority 54, a podcast that helps Americans who voted for progress convince those who didn’t to join our majority.
#VoteHer In co-producer and co-host, Rebecca Sive, first met Kate in the mid-1990s when she purchased her work at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum. They subsequently met and became friends, along the way learning they share a birthday and a deep commitment to helping women artists achieve both their artistic goals and leadership positions in arts and civic life. Throughout her career, Kate has been generous with her time and organizing talents, developing community programs in both Great Britain and India. As you’ll see when you join the videocast, Kate is also a terrific role model for other women artists building their own businesses. For this #VoteHerIn videocast, Kate will share her thoughts about being an independent woman artists as well as about her philanthropic work.
In conversation with Sarah Brafman, Director of the D.C. Office and Senior Policy Counsel for A Better Balance. A Better Balance, a national nonprofit advocacy organization, uses the power of the law to advance justice for workers, so they can care for themselves and their loved ones without jeopardizing their economic security. A Better Balance is hosting a Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Week of Action May 3-7.
In conversation with Layla Zaidane, the new President and CEO of the Millennial Action Project. Dedicated to transcending bipartisan divides through the empowerment of young leaders, MAP is ready to enter this new chapter of leadership with Layla at the helm and take on the challenges to our democracy.
In conversation with Desmond Meade, President and Executive Director of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition and author of Let My People Vote: My Battle to Restore the Civil Rights of Returning Citizens. As President and Executive Director of FRRC, which is recognized for its work on voting and criminal justice reform issues, Desmond led the FRRC to a historic victory in 2018 with the successful passage of Amendment 4, a grassroots citizen’s initiative which restored voting rights to over 1.4 million Floridians with past felony convictions. Amendment 4 represented the single largest expansion of voting rights in the United States in half a century and brought an end to 150 years of a Jim Crow-era law in Florida.
#NotoriousRBG is a unique phenomenon in American history. Only the second woman to serve on the US Supreme Court, she led the way, beginning in the 1970s, in pursuing legal remedies for discrimination against American women and girls. At the same time, she developed a singular public voice and presence; atypical of Supreme Court justices and, as such, becoming a widely, and wildly, iconic figure in pop culture. The biography by authors Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik, is a delightful combination of stories, images of mementos and photographs, and a serious account of her role in making legal history and a fairer world for every American woman.Irin Carmon joins us for this week’s #VoteHerIn podcast, a collaboration of Two Broads Talking Politics & author Rebecca Sive.
Michelle Duster, great-granddaughter of Ida B. Wells, and author of Ida B. the Queen: The Extraordinary Life and Legacy of Ida B. Wells, joins us for this week’s #VoteHerIn podcast, a collaboration of Two Broads Talking Politics & author Rebecca Sive,