The 23 Percent
By e.Republic + Governing Magazine
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Women make up only 23 percent of roles in state and local government—and we’re talking to them. Join Governing Magazine's Mattie Quinn for candid conversations with the women shaping policy all over the county.
||Clean025 Rep. Faith Winters, Colorado General Assembly||This marks our first ever #MeToo episode on the 23 Percent. Mattie chats with Faith Winter, a state representative in Colorado, about her experience outing a serial harasser in the Colorado Statehouse. Faith also talks about how her experience...||5/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean024 Erin Vilardi, Founder of VoteRunLead||This episode marks a three-episode partnership with VoteRunLead, a non-partisan organization that trains women to run for office and win. In this episode we're chatting with Erin Vilardi, the founder of VoteRunLead. We discuss trends she's seen in the..||5/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean023 Rosalynn Bliss, Mayor of Grand Rapids, Michigan||Rosalynn Bliss is the mayor of Grand Rapids, Michigan. The first female mayor of Michigan’s second-largest city, Bliss was a social worker before taking the plunge into politics. On today’s episode, she talks about intertwined social work and...||4/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean022 - Jackie Lacey, District Attorney, County of Los Angeles||In our season three opener, Mattie chats with Jackie Lacey, the district attorney for Los Angeles County. She’s the first African-American woman to lead the office best known for prosecuting infamous serial killers like Charles Manson. She talks on...||4/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPreview of Go Public podcast with The 23%'s Mattie Quinn||The 23% returns in spring. In the meantime, hear Mattie on Governing's new podcast||3/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean021 - After Parkland: Kristin Jacobs, Florida State Representatives||On our supersized season finale, we’re talking to Rep. Kristin Jacobs, who represents the district in Florida that includes Parkland. She discusses on the show the nightmarish hours after the mass shooting, and where she wants the state (and...||2/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean020 Susana A. Mendoza, State of Illinois Comptroller||On this episode, Mattie talks with Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza about campaigning for office in her 20s, losing her first election by 55 votes and what exactly is going on with Illinois's budget problems (plus how she's trying to fix...||2/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean019 Merceria Ludgood, Mobile County, Alabama Commissioner||On this episode, Mattie talks with Merceria Ludgood, Mobile County Commissioner. She talks on the show today about growing up with a sense a civic duty, how things have changed for women in politics in the 10 years since she first ran for office and...||1/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean018 Glynda Carr, Co-Founder, Higher Heights||On the first episode of 2018, Mattie talks with with Glynda Carr, an advocate and political strategist who co-founded Higher Heights for America - an organization dedicated to expanding the civic participation of black women. She talks on the show...||1/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean017 Year End Encore: Leana Wen, Public Official of the Year||Dr. Leana Wen, recognized in November 2017 as one of Governing's Public Officials of the Year (POY), says growing up in a low-income, heavily immigrant neighborhood taught her how crucial physical health is to the overall well-being of any community....||1/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean016 Debbie Walsh, Director, Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University||To round out 2017, we chat with Debbie Walsh, director of the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University. On this episode, Debbie discusses everything from the wave of women elected to state and local office last month, the #MeToo...||12/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean015 Libby Seguin and Lauren Stott and the ELGL Diversity Dashboard||On this Thanksgiving episode, we’re talking diversity in local government across the board—not just gender. On the show today we have Libby Seguin and Lauren Stott, two graduate students undertaking the Diversity Dashboard, a new project with the...||11/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean014 Mayor Marian Orr of Cheyenne, WY||Marian Orr is the mayor of Cheyenne, Wyoming—the first female mayor in a state that’s ranked last for gender equity in politics. She talks on the show today about using social media to create a name for herself, something she recommends for other...||11/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean013 Chris Gregoire, former Governor of Washington State||Mattie talks with Chris Gregoire, former Governor of Washington State from 2005-2013. Today on the show, she talks about how frustrating it is to see the women in public office get smaller since she’s been in office. She also reflects on her eight...||10/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean012 Kanika Tomalin, Deputy Mayor, City of St. Petersburg, FLA||Kanika Tomalin is the deputy mayor of St. Petersburg, Florida. Her family has been in the city for five generations, and spans every socio-economic background. On this week’s episode, she discusses how that vantage point helps her address key issues..||10/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean011 Attica Scott, Kentucky State Representative, House District 41||For our season two premiere, Mattie talks to Attica Scott, a Kentucky State Representative. She’s the first black woman to be elected to the state house in almost 20 years. On this episode, she talks about being unfairly labeled the “angry black...||9/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean010 Jennifer Lawless, Director, Women and Politics Institute at American University||On our season finale, Mattie talks with Jennifer Lawless, director of the Women and Politics Institute at American University. She offers context to this current movement to get more women in public office, and also offers a rallying cry to...||7/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean009 Blair Milo, Mayor, City of LaPorte, IN||On this episode, Mattie’s talking to Blair Milo, mayor of LaPorte, Ind. She was only 28 years old when elected in 2011, and despite her young age, she gained notoriety in her hometown in a pretty old-fashioned way: Writing editorials in her hometown..||7/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean008 Rachel Levine, Physician General, State of Pennsylvania||This week, Mattie talks with Rachel Levine, physician general for Pennsylvania. Responsible for the health and wellbeing of the state’s residents, she’s also one of just a few transgender public officials out there. She discusses that, along with...||6/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean007 Ginger Spencer, Public Works Director, City of Phoenix||Ginger Spencer is the public works director for Phoenix. If you think that sounds boring, it’s not. She’s overseeing all of the city’s sustainability initiatives, and working to make Phoenix a ‘zero waste’ city by 2050. After 20 years...||6/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean006 Betty Yee, California State Controller||This week Mattie talks to Betty Yee, California State Controller. As the CFO for the sixth largest economy in the world, she talks about why even finance nerds have a place in elected office. Elected to the position in 2014, she also discusses her...||5/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean005 Evelyn Sanguinetti, Illinois Lt. Governor||On this episode, Mattie talks with Evelyn Sanguinetti, Lt. Gov of Illinois. While she never dreamed she would run for politics, an injury on a city sidewalk made her rethink her plans and run for city council. She talks today about wanting the next...||5/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean004 Michelle Wu, President, Boston City Council||This week, Mattie talks to Michelle Wu, president of the Boston City Council. She’s the first woman of color to hold the post, and helped spearhead the city’s nationally-recognized paid parental leave policy. She had an unlikely road to public...||4/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean003 Toni Carter, Commissioner of Ramsey County, Minnesota||This week, Mattie talks to Toni Carter, commissioner of Ramsey County, Minnesota, home to St. Paul. While she's worked on almost every legislative issue possible in her decade as commissioner, she's taken an especially strong interest in young...||4/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean002 Dr. Leana Wen, Health Commissioner, City of Baltimore, Maryland||For our second episode, Mattie Quinn chats with Leana Wen, Baltimore's health commissioner. An emergency room doctor with a passion for public health, Dr. Wen deployed a number of health initiatives during the Baltimore riots in 2015 that helped...||3/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean001 Karen Freeman-Wilson, Mayor of Gary, Indiana||In the inaugural episode, Governing's Mattie Quinn talks with Gary Indiana Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson about the arts as a strategy for helping her city get her groove back. Freeman-Wilson previously served Indiana Attorney General and...||2/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
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