March is Women’s History Month and here at the Women’s Foundation we’re celebrating the ways that women are making history and pressing for positive change. All across the country, women are breaking barriers, challenging the status quo, and building a brighter future for all of us.
To kick off the month, here are five hometown heroines you need to know about!
Gov. Laura Kelly – Governor Laura Kelly is just the third woman to be elected Kansas governor in state history. In her first year in office, Gov. Kelly is working towards livable wage, affordable health care and a strong school system.
Alissia Canady – Some might know Alissia as the Councilwoman of Kansas City’s 5th District. But this year, Alissia is running for City Mayor on a platform promoting economic development and public investment.
Rep. Sharice Davids – 2018 was a historic year for women running for office, and Rep. Sharice Davids was one of them. Raised by a single mom Army veteran, Davids was among the first Native American women ever elected to Congress when she won the race for Kansas’ 3rd Congressional District.
Rep. Ann Wagner – You might have heard Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Mo. give a resounding “Yes!” during President Trump’s State of the Union this month as he promoted nationwide paid family leave. Rep. Wagner is currently drafting a national paid family leave proposal that she hopes both parties can agree on.
Rep. Lauren Arthur – State Senator Lauren Arthur is the youngest woman to ever be elected to the Missouri Senate. Before running for office, Rep. Arthur was a middle school teacher in Kansas City’s urban core; reshaping Missouri’s education system is one her main focuses as senator.