Ensuring a Minnesota where barriers are eliminated, and all girls and women are respected and thrive.
We use strategic communications and research to educate and mobilize Minnesotans to break
harmful stereotypes, build community, increase safety and well-being, expand opportunities, and create equity. We envision a state where the human rights of girls and women are unquestioned and they are valued as solution builders and leaders within their communities.
The Gender Gap within Political Leadership
In 2019, the state legislature swore in its most racially diverse group of lawmakers yet. Legislators of color increased to 21 (11 of whom are women), up from 17. However, women of color remain underrepresented relative to their proportion of the state’s population.
Elected Officials in the U.S.
Of over 42,000 elected officials nationwide, from President to the county level:
Women in the MN Legislature
Young Women Are Leaders
Meet Raie Gessesse
Raie Gessesse, former Young Women’s Cabinet Member and current WFMN Policy Fellow, shares
why she applied to be a part of YWI MN and why supporting other young women of color as leaders is critical for our state’s success.
Impact Initiatives & Funds
Latest Updates in Leadership
Dec 17, 2021
Apply to Be a WFMN Innovator
Dec 13, 2021
Applications for Dream STEM Lead Second Cohort Now Open
Nov 8, 2021
WFMN Innovator Hilal Ibrahim Leads Culture Change
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