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Women to Women, Let’s Talk Leadership: The Donna Edwards Podcast

As a former member of Congress, Donna Edwards has unique insight into the many unique paths to leadership that other women of color have taken to serve in government—what inspires them, what motivates them? In this series of podcasts, Donna will talk to women of color in Congress about their personal path to leadership in hopes of inspiring people of all backgrounds to take on leadership roles in their communities.

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), Fighting From the Start

The daughter of an Army colonel, Representative Barbara Lee is perhaps best known for casting the lone dissenting vote against authorizing the use of military force in the wake of 9/11. “We have to stand for what is right,” Lee says. “Fighting is part of life.” In this inaugural episode of Let’s Talk Leadership, she talks to Donna Edwards about her personal path to leadership.


Pramila Jayapal (D-WA): Strength Emerges in Times of Crisis

“Don’t be patronized,” Jayapal advises. “Be clear who you are. Be humble, always. But do not be afraid to show your strength and power.”


Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FLA): Don’t Wait For That Perfect Opportunity

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen began her political career 35 years ago when she was elected to Florida’s House of Representatives. “Never in the world did I consider running for office,” Ros-Lehtinen recalls. Today, she is troubled by the state of the GOP.


GWEN MOORE (D-Wisconsin): Kicking and Screaming

The eighth of nine children, Gwen Moore worked her way up from high school student body president to representing Milwaukee in the House. But she has not forgotten the struggle of being a single mother with ambition to make a difference. “I want more parity for women and children. I want to put them back in the equation.”


Robin Kelly (D-IL): The Master of ‘Popcorn Diplomacy’

An ardent proponent of gun control, “I’m that steady voice you cannot quiet,” she is also famous for handing out bags of Chicago’s Garrett popcorn to her colleagues, Democrat and Republican, on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.