It’s pretty simple: I want to lead in a way that helps us do better in Michigan. We need to serve our kids, our vulnerable citizens, our environment, and our democracy. I learned several years ago that I can’t wait for someone else to do what needs to be done, so here I am.
I’m proud to be part of a history-making number of women in the Michigan legislature. Women leaders and politicians are judged by harsher standards and face different challenges than men. We also listen, collaborate, and promote compassion and honesty as leaders. We need to support one another in leadership roles, and to demand to have women leading in the workplace, in the community, and in elected offices. It’s the only way we will ever achieve equality.
My path to public service began with activism and volunteerism in my community, and I believe that keeping women engaged is key to empowering them. We’ve had the right to vote for 100 years, but we are far from being equally represented in government. In the private sector, the imbalance is even greater. So we must be mindful that sexism begins in the home and in our families. If we want to embolden women and girls to serve tomorrow, today, we must focus on giving them the mentorship and support they need to be successful.