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We want it all
Norma Smith Olson, left, and Kathy Magnuson
by Norma Smith Olson and Kathy Magnuson


"We stand on the shoulders of so many remarkable women," wrote Hillary Rodham Clinton in her acceptance letter to MN Now after receiving their Charlotte Striebel Long Distance Runner award in March.

Recently Kathy was digging through a pile of file folders of past tax records and found some misplaced genealogy records. The records included ancestors going back to her great, great grandparents in the 1700s in Norway - names and dates and towns. What are their stories?, she wonders. Who were these people and how have they shaped who she is today?

Besides carrying genetic code, how do we carry our ancestors' unknown stories and experiences inside ourselves?

In this issue we share generational stories. Mother/daughter, Priscilla Lord and Emma Faris, share their thoughts about the transfer of a powerful political legacy. Gwen Westerman gives voice to discovering stories of her Native American heritage after moving to Mankato. Sisters Eva Thompson and Leah Huxtable tell of their work to end Alzheimer's disease, something they may carry in their own genetic code.

As we are in conversations about the next generation of leadership at the Minnesota Women's Press, we are grateful for our 33 years of women's storytelling in these pages. We honor the foresight of Mollie Hoben and Glenda Martin and the group of progressive-thinking women who asked the question: What would the news look like through women's eyes? That question led to the founding story of the Women's Press and our legacy of sharing women's stories and voices in ways that create community and encourage change.

Rodham Clinton writes in her MN NOW award acceptance letter: "I've learned - through successes and setbacks alike - that gaining ground and making progress is a marathon, not a sprint. And, as we know all too well, there is still so much work left to be done. We still have to close the wage gap; fight for paid family leave; make quality, affordable child care a reality for families; increase the minimum wage; defend and enhance Social Security; protect women's health and reproductive rights; protect and advance LGBT rights; confront violence against women and address the epidemic of gun violence; and promote women's rights around the world."

These are not just "women's issues." These are "human issues," and critical to families, our country and our world.

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We carry our legacies and stories across generations. How do the stories we tell about ourselves define us? How do our stories listen to each other's stories across cultural, geographic and political divides? How does the power of story help us to appreciate our differences and recognize how much we are really alike?

In this issue of the Women's Press we share the results of our annual readers' poll about "What Women Want." It's a fun - and helpful - resource of information of good things, places and people to know about. We also know that "what women want" is to be safe in our world, to be paid equitably, to have equal representation, recognition of our voices, meaningful relationships, connections and friendships. The list is long. And, we want it all.

Coming up:

June's theme is Choices and Risks. What is a choice you made or risk you took that you feel proud about? Tell us about it. Send up to 150 words to editor@womenspress.com
Deadline: May 10, 2017
June Advertising Sections:
• Elder Guide
• Show Your Pride Guide
• Women Going Places Guide
• GoSeeDo/Calendar Guide
Deadline: May 10, 2017

July's theme is A Day in a Life. What was a pivotal, turning-point day in your life? What difference did it make? Tell us about it. Send up to 150 words to editor@womenspress.com
Deadline: June 10, 2017
July Advertising Sections:
• Health and Wellness Guide
• Buy Local Guide
• Women and Pets Guide
• GoSeeDo/Calendar Guide
Deadline: June 10, 2017





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