Women make up only 23 percent of roles in state and local government—and we’re talking to them. Join Governing Magazine's Mattie Quinn for candid conversations with the women shaping policy all over the county.
Lauren Matsumoto, Representative, Hawaii State House
For our season finale, we chatted to Lauren Matsumoto, a member of the Hawaii State House. Matsumoto was only 25 when she made her way to the State House, and she was almost immediately overwhelmed by the lack of resources for newly-elected women. She discusses her background in beauty pageants and how that piqued her interest in running for office, finding female mentors in politics, burning out her first year and how she’s working to help female politicians from across the aisle find mentors through the organization Women in Government.
31 Debbie Walsh, Center for American Women and Politics
On this episode, we brought back Debbie Walsh, executive director of the Center for American Women and Politics, to break down the midterms. Walsh dissects the results of the midterms and what it means for female candidates—why it was a mixed bag for women, but also why there are also many encouraging signs for the future of women in politics.
30 Jennifer Carroll Foy, Representative, Virginia House of Delegates
This episode kicks off a series we’re working on in the aftermath of the midterm elections, examining different aspects of when women run and win. Today we’re chatting with Jennifer Carroll Foy, who was elected in last year’s wave of women and minorities who picked up seats. Jennifer represents Virginia’s 2nd District in the House of Delegates, and was working as a public defender before getting elected. She was also one of the first women to graduate from the Virginia Military Institute, and discusses on the show today about how that prepared her for running for office while pregnant with twins.
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029 Tishaura Jones, Treasurer of St. Louis, MO
On this episode, we’re chatting with Tishaura Jones, treasurer of St. Louis. It’s a nerdy position with a lot of power—parking tickets is one of the things under her jurisdiction—but Tishaura also wants to use her influence in the city for social justice, like Black Lives Matter and healing the city from the 2014 riots. Tishaura discusses on the show today just how much the St. Louis how moved on from the racially-charged unrest, and her run for mayor that led to a racist and sexist smear campaign against her—but why she won’t rule out running for higher office again soon.
028 Jackie Biskupski, Mayor of Salt Lake City, UT
For our first new episode after our summer hiatus, we’re talking with Jackie Biskupski, mayor of Salt Lake City, Utah. She’s the first openly gay elected official in the notably red state, but she talks on the show today about why it was actually harder to run as a woman than as an LGBT individual. She also discusses how Salt Lake City became a hub for LGBT people and how she led the charge to get mayors to commit to 100 percent renewable energy.
ENCORE: Dr. Leana Wen, Baltimore Health Commissioner to Planned Parenthood President
Planned Parenthood Federation of America announced earlier this month that it had recruited Dr. Leana Wen, the outgoing Commissioner of Health for the City of Baltimore, as its new president. As the organization noted, a doctor will lead Planned Parenthood for the first time in nearly 50 years. Wen is an emergency room physician.
On this encore episode, we hear Mattie's interview with Wen from her time as Baltimore health commissioner which was originally released as the second episode of The 23% on March 20, 2017.
The 23% is sponsored by Governing's Women in Government Leadership Program and its sponsors - the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Intuit, Lenovo Government, NIC, Comcast, Microsoft, Phillips, and Walmart.
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Different voices, engaging podcast
Love that this isn’t the same usual voices that show up other places.
I appreciate hearing the insight directly from the women representing the 23%. Thank you for hosting these important/relevant conversations on your program.
This is a great podcast. I’m starting to learn more about government and various issues and this podcast provides great perspective.