I lead because we need to get beyond the mentality that there can be only one: one seat at the table, one voice in the room, one place at the top. I lead because women’s voices are needed in every conversation.
Throughout the campaign, I’ve been told I look too young, that I’m too small. That I couldn’t hold my own in a room full of loud men. Sometimes it’s other women who are most critical of all. I don’t know that it’s intentional. I believe it’s how we’ve been conditioned. We’re used to the system working against us instead of for us.
It’s been incredibly rewarding running alongside so many other amazing women. Throughout this process, Senators Hertel, Ananich and Knezek have been incredible mentors, firmly believing in the need for more women to serve as their colleagues. To be a part of a group of women in these candidates and elected representatives who are moving forward together is one of the most rewarding, challenging, and inspiring experiences I’ve ever had.
Seeing record numbers of women running gives me hope. And it’s not just that there are women running, it’s the breadth and depth of backgrounds and experiences that all of these women bring to the table. We’re diverse in age, career, family life, race, religion, and financial background. We come from all walks of life. It’s exhilarating and long overdue.
Mallory McMorrow loves nothing more than bringing people together. She has built a career often being the only woman in the room—first as a designer trying to make it in the automotive industry, then in product design and media.