Podcast: Donna Edwards Let's Talk Leadership

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.

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. 

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.”