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  • Making Change
    Giving birth to a new era in leadership happens not only through politics, but by grassroots organizing, education, new business, and conversation forums. All of the women featured in this annual issue about Changemakers are midwives to the future. 
  • 2018 Changemaker: Eileen Hudon
    Ogichidakwe/Council of Female Warriors: Eileen Hudon advocates for women who are fighting domestic violence and sexual violence. "We are the ones who are going to make a difference in our [Native] community.”
  • 2018 Changemaker: Der Yang
    Hmong Village Lawyer: From negotiating car purchases at age nine to representing elderly women in court who are fighting banks to keep their homes, Der Yang says, “Right now I work with people who don’t have access to information, good legal representation, and a fair chance."
  • 2018 Changemaker: Maria Regan Gonzalez
    Raised to Lead: When she takes office in January, Marie Regan Gonzalez will be the first Latina mayor in Minnesota history. “I ran because Minnesota is 
    a state with some of the highest racial inequities in home ownership, health, income, education, and even park usage."
  • 2018 Changemaker: Me'Lea Connelly
    Banking on Community: Me'Lea Connelly's drive to create a new financial institution is because “I want to make sure I show my children, and children in our community, that we have a right and we have a duty to invest in ourselves as Black people. I want them to see there is desire, and there is a space for us to be the focus.” 
  • 2018 Changemaker: Jessie Diggins
    The Body Electric: Jessie Diggins says “the Olympics required hard work, drive, and determination,” but speaking out about her struggles with an eating disorder “took more courage and will have the most impact long term.” 
  • 2018 Changemaker: Asma Mohammed
    RISE and Shine: Asma Mohammed engages women around sexual assault, engages youth in civic action, and offers workshops on intersectionality and identity for people of color. "Once you fire people up and give them the tools they need, they are ready to go."
  • 2018 Changemaker: Leslie Redmond
    Don't Complain, Activate: In March, Redmond, then 25, became the youngest president of the Minneapolis branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
  • 2018 Changemaker: Kathy Hermes
    Claiming Safe Space: Kathy Hermes directs Together for Youth in Duluth, a support group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, two-spirit, and allied youth (LGBTQ+). 
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  • 2018 Changemaker: Norah Shapiro
    Battling Inequities From Law to Film: Norah Shapiro has created a film about Ilhan Omar's rise in politics, to serve as a ‘how-to’ for grassroots candidates, women of color, young people, and “anyone who has felt that the political system is impenetrable and hopeless.” 
  • 2018 Changemakers: Kathy Magnuson & Norma Smith Olson
    Telling Women’s Stories: Minnesota Women's Press colleagues for 25 years, Kathy Magnuson and Norma Smith Olson served as co-owners/publishers for 15 years before stepping down last year. “We’ve always believed that a story holds a lot of power to build understanding and connection.” 
  • MWP Conversations: Using Our Voice & Vote
    Highlights from our October 16 event, "MWP Conversations: Using Our Voice & Vote," featuring a joint keynote address from state Sen. Patricia Torres Ray and Nekima Levy Armstrong
  • My Slow Movement Holiday
    HOLIDAY GUIDE: Julie Kearns writes about her transformation to a different kind of consumer who is "consciously opting out of the speediest, easiest, most expedient option in favor of choosing connection, community, and intention."
  • Act = Change
    We asked each of the 2018 Changemakers to offer their suggestions for how readers can Act Now to make change. What inspires you?
  • Changing My Religion
    SPIRITUALITY GUIDE: Jessica Wicks writes about her conversion to Judaism.
  • Describe a pivotal moment that impacted your life
    Readers respond to the December question of the month.
  • Using Our Voice & Vote: Power in a Room of Women
    Dual Perspectives: We launch a new column format, "Dual Perspectives," with long-time columnists Shannon Drury and Tami Mohamed Brown offering unique perspectives on their takeaways from the recent "MWP Conversation: Using Our Voice & Vote."
  • MWP Conversation: Healing in Community
    The MWP Conversations series is about using the power of women to shift narratives and effect change. At our January 15 event, we bring together personal storytellers and women trained in mental health fields to offer insights into how trauma impacts all of us — and solutions that deserve support. Healing requires community, not simply individuals finding their way into therapy. 
  • Election Messages and Native Approach to Assault
    Think: Response to violence against Native women, midterm election data and quotes, including the impact of Latinx voters.
  • Our ongoing general submissions from readers. 
  • GoSeeDo: December 2018
    December highlights include: Freedom Daze at Exposed Brick Theatre, Black Nativity at Penumbra, art exhibits about migration and sexual assault, re-opening of Minnesota Museum of Art, gift-buying festivals, and Holiday Inn at Chanhassen.
  • ... to yourself or others. Support the Women's Press mission to expand our digital storytelling and connect with storytellers throughout Minnesota in 2019.
  • Welcome Home
    HOME GUIDE: Bethany Gladhill opens up the home she grew up in to host guests in transition who stay from a few days to many months. "The big question for me was, how do we make this sense of legacy personal? How do we create a sense of home so that people feel welcomed?"


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