2021-2022 End of Year Reflection from IGNITE CEO Sara Guillermo

2021-2022 End of Year Reflection from IGNITE CEO Sara Guillermo

It’s hard to believe that it has been just over a year since I first started as IGNITE’s CEO. I feel incredibly lucky to have marked this milestone alongside hundreds of passionate young women in Washington, D.C. for our first 3-day, in-person Young Women Run national conference since 2019. For so many reasons, this conference looked and felt different than its predecessors, from the daily Covid-19 testing and masking, to the barricades around the Supreme Court and U.S. Capitol as a result of protests erupting across the city.

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IGNITE Statement on the Robb Elementary School Shooting in Uvalde, Texas

IGNITE Statement on the Robb Elementary School Shooting in Uvalde, Texas

19 students and two teachers were murdered in Uvalde, Texas yesterday. The deadliest school shooting in Texas history and the third deadliest in U.S. history. The layers of devastation our country is witnessing and experiencing each day feel insurmountable. Limiting our response to coded and politicized language to describe these attacks does a disservice to the individuals and communities continually harmed.

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IGNITE Statement on the Supreme Court Draft Opinion Overturning Roe v Wade

IGNITE Statement on the Supreme Court Draft Opinion Overturning Roe v. Wade

For decades, Roe v. Wade has stood as one of the most powerful symbols of progress towards reproductive justice for cis-women, queer, non-binary people with uteruses, trans men, Black, Indigenous and People of Color. It has also tangibly protected lives. The draft Supreme Court opinion released last night sent a monumental shock wave to any and all who have fought for reproductive justice in this country, particularly Black women, who have been and are leaders in the frontlines.

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IGNITE's statement on the passage of the "Don't Say Gay" bill in Florida

On March 28th, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the “Parental Rights in Education” law, better known as the “Dont Say Gay Bill,” into law in Florida. The bill prohibits classroom instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity in primary schools, starting July 1. We are devastated by this news.

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Closing the ambition gap by training young women to run for office

Closing the ambition gap by training young women to run for office

There is talk about an ambition gap between men and women running for political office. New research by the Brookings Institute says "politics is still a man's game." Women today are as unlikely as they were 20 years ago to express interest in running for office. In Massachusetts, a growing list of women is leaving the state legislature. Women now account for 30.5 percent of legislators there, down from 32 percent. 

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COVID Mess Prefigures Midterm Madness, Patricia McKnight, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

COVID Mess Prefigures Midterm Madness

January 2022 is about the hardest January-ing January I can remember. I don't know about you. Case in point. Like many Americans, I stood in line last week for 45 minutes to get a COVID test. But it was only as I stood there, frustrated, that I realized I was waiting outside the same building where I vote.

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Equality Can't Wait on Family Leave Sara Guillermo op ed on family leave

Equality Can't Wait on Family Leave

Family leave and getting more women into elected office are chicken and egg. We can't have one without the other and yet of course the people voting on these policies are majority men. It's a bipartisan issue. We won't reach gender parity in political leadership unless women win for both sides. That means we need to change the narrative. Ask yourself: What does it mean to be political and powerful? Does your definition include being a young woman? It should.

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