Year 3, Issue 3 — January 9 2024

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Inauguration Day for Today's Unprecedented

Saint Paul City Council Members

The historic Saint Paul City Council is inaugurated today. We will be following council discussions as part of our "Diversity in Politics" series. We started with a conversation about their goals, expectations, and distinct gifts.

Says Rebecca Noecker, the elder council member who first took office at age 29 in 2016:

“I come from a faith and a culture that values question-asking and critical thinking and doesn’t see argument as a negative thing or a hostile thing. I think that’s important in this work, because you need to be able to disagree constructively while still being respectful and courteous. Being able to express disagreement and question things is how we make progress."

Says Hwa Jeong Kim: “I feel like we will govern differently, not simply because of our gender, but also because of our experiences, our identities, our ethnicities, our religions.”

Says Nelsie Yang, one of three incumbents: “I expect change with the election of an all-women’s city council. I already feel that shift. We really value work-life sustainability. I have a one-year-old, and am expecting, and plan to have a large family. I absolutely can and should be able to do that as well as being a council member. That’s what we should be building towards — a caring community and economy. We can build that if we have leaders ingrained in the value of building care for every person.”

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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.

Homemaking and child care have “long been women’s free gift to society,” maintained Arvonne Fraser, activist and former senior fellow at the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota. 

Deborah Levinson, economist and assistant professor at the University of Minnesota, links women’s unpaid labor at home to the strikingly low wages and poor benefits paid child care workers, the majority of whom are also women

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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. Other methods:

  • Displaying no photos of a spouse or children at the office and never acknowledging an orientation that varied from the heterosexual, cisgender norm.
  • Learning to speak in headlines or bullet points so the men in charge wouldn’t get bored with women’s backstories.
  • Not objecting — or even thinking to file a complaint — when the publisher of the business newspaper announced as the staff was gathering for a meeting that “we were just talking about Gloria’s breasts.”

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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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