Reflect: Key Groups, Connections and Discussion Questions

This page is about reflection. You’ll find a list of some of the key people and organizations relevant to this section. You’ll also find a section called intersectionality to encourage thinking about how different issues are connected, and discussion questions to encourage deeper thinking. Take some time to answer the questions, look these people up and learn more about their stories.

The content on this site is not complete: there are countless numbers of people and so many stories — from small acts of defiance to major leadership positions — that didn’t get recorded or that don’t often make it into textbooks.

This website is meant to be grown and improved upon. We’ve included some of the heroes, but if you know people we are missing, let us know so we can include their stories too.

Key Groups Working Toward Equal Representation

  • Latinas Represent
  • HOPE (Hispanas Organized for Political Equality)
  • BWOPA (Black Women Organized for Political Action)
  • APAWLI (Asian Pacific American Women Leadership Institute)
  • Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP)
  • Women Winning
  • PowerPAC+
  • Emerge America
  • Emily’s List
I am proud to be a flaming feminist … my only regret is that … the work that I have done has more often than not been translated through an Asian American lens, a person of color lens, or a Hmong lens, and I’ve never been permitted to actually talk about my passion from a gender lens … because of those multiple identities, the external community have their own prefaces in how they interpret my work and how they translate the work that I do, and so often times my feminist agenda gets lost in people’s interpretations.”
Mee Moua, first Hmong American woman elected to a state legislature, represented District 67 in the Minnesota Senate

Intersectionality

Intersectionality is the term used to explain the experience of belonging to multiple communities or identities. When we look at women in government, it’s important to always think about intersectionality because women have different goals and needs, as well as strengths and leadership styles, that are often connected with their identities.

For example, the experiences of Mee Moua probably look a little different than those of a woman from a different culture. Those unique differences become more complex when other factors like age, socioeconomic status, education, family, citizenship status, gender identity, religion and a number of other identities are considered.  

Mainstream feminism sometimes just focuses on issues that, generally speaking, impact white women. Or sometimes it means not having space for women like Mee Moua to talk about her feminism because the conversation has been dominated by white women.

Intersectional feminism is about understanding diversity among women. What this means is that as feminists, we strive to increase the number of women, as well as trans people and people who don’t identify with the gender binary a model of gender that classifies all people into one of two genders. Under the binary model, gender is seen as a rigid binary option, like one or zero elected to office, and we are intentional about supporting women with different experiences and identities.

We All Can Do It!

We All Can Do It! By: Valentin Brown

Discussion Questions: 
Why do you think women hold fewer political offices than men?
What is the effect of poverty on women’s participation in politics?
What are some examples of women who have or are working on making our government look more like the people?
Discuss the concept of intersectionality; how does it relate to women in Government?
Think about your ideal Minnesota government, who would be in office? What kinds of things can you do to help make that happen?