Woman pictured: Karen Freeman-Wilson, mayor of Gary, Indiana.

Woman pictured: Karen Freeman-Wilson, mayor of Gary, Indiana.

It’s my biggest pet peeve right now. Women need to see how qualified they are, how valued they are.
— Christine Gregoire, former governor of Washington

 Women only make up 23 percent of leadership roles in government at the state and local level. In the podcast "The 23%: Conversations With Women in Government," I sit down twice a month with members of that 23-percent club.

I talk to accomplished women about what motivated them to run for office, lessons they’ve learned along the way and the policy battles they're gearing up for this year. Created in 2017 as a response to a wave of women running for office, I’ve interviewed former governors, sitting lieutenant governors, mayors, comptrollers and political science experts.

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