Year 3, Issue 4 — January 16 2024

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Walking Figures of Change

The historic Saint Paul City Council was inaugurated in a ceremony at the Ordway Theater on January 9. We will be following their ongoing story in our "Diversity in Politics" series, thanks to underwriting support from WomenWinning.

Minnesota's municipal seats statewide are primarily held by men — at 35 percent. Although that percentage seems low, it actually places the state as 16th highest in the country for women's city leadership. 

At the inauguration, new City Council president Mitra Jalali joked to the full auditorium that based on some of the comments on her social media account, “Let's just say a whole lot of people who were comfortable with majority male, majority white institutions for nearly 170 years of city history are suddenly sharply concerned about representation."

Rebecca Noecker, currently the longest running and elder council woman — elected in 2015, now 39 — offered concluding comments about words spoken during the swearing-in process.

"It reminds us that we're links in a chain, that our duties have been passed down to us from those who come before, and that we are only here because of the energy, the time, and the love of others. That knowledge shouldn't make us feel frozen in time, beholden to the way things were, but just the opposite. We have an obligation to keep that momentum going; to take the progress that has been passed to us and keep rolling with energy and vision that we will one day be able to pass on to others. We can never forget that we're part of something much greater than ourselves."

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Spoken word artist Muna Abdulahi was one of the performance artists, who shared:

"The truth is, to be a woman in a space that was not built for you is to know how to build space with your bare hands, to demand the attention of any room you step into … to be a walking figure of change, of growth, to know how to rise and rise again and rise again and rise again."

See a clip of her performance

(She will be speaking at our April 13 event)

Legacy Series

When It Comes to Child Care, You Haven’t Come Very Far, Baby (1998)

MWP is uplifting select pieces from our 39-year archive with a focus on longstanding issues.

Then and Now: The Working World

by Amy Gage

When I landed my first professional job after college, back in 1982... the women whose careers I was covering were trying to fit in, and the corporate uniform became one way to do that.

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Publisher's Commentary #3

Welcome to 2024: The Year of Healthy Collaboration

We all are part of a universal cycle of life — not simply an individual one — and 2024 will be our year for pointing that out in many different ways.

We are starting a deep series on Housing. If you are engaged with housing advocacy and can help us double our storytelling capacity in 2024 with funding ideas, contact

Public Safety Is More Than Emergency Response

If you’re talking about the need for public safety, then that means families have resources to put food on the table and to be stably housed. That work is through policy, that network is through community, that work is through building relationships and trust with each other.

— Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan

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