Speaking of our generation, what advice would you give them about getting involved?
It’s important to really diversify the sources you get your information from. Do your best to seek out information that you might not agree with because it will challenge you, and it might help you build your arsenal if you know how people are criticizing your viewpoint. I think democracy is fragile; it needs people working at it every single day, so I would encourage young people to seek out organizations that call to their passions. Even as simple as making sure people are registered to vote, or volunteering to be a poll watcher. Everyone should feel empowered to participate. It’s not always financially possible for young people to donate, but when they can, they should, because organizations need support to do the work of democracy.
Over the past two years feminism has been more prominent than ever with even larger movements. What has it been like to be a female working in the political sphere?
Democracy work is all about who has access to power. As a woman, I’m drawn to those issues. People who have money shouldn’t be the only people that have access to the political process or know how to navigate the system. I care about leveling the playing field in politics and in government, ensuring access to the political and decision making process regardless of gender, race, or socioeconomic status, because that’s what democracy is. It should include everyone equally, and that alone is a feminist message.