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100 Rural Women: Creating Connections and Inspiring Leadership

Teresa Kittridge, Founder

100 Rural Women sees a future where more rural women lead positive change for themselves, their family, their communities, the nation and, of course, the world...We're really committed to building leadership through networks, mentorship, education and civic engagement. And I think most importantly, our organization is nonprofit, nonpartisan. We're all about finding ways for women to connect... I really see our organization as a network of networks. ...one of the most amazing experiences I have had through building this organization is every week I meet the most incredible women! ...it's just the most incredible experience.- Teresa Kittridge, Founder of 100 Rural Women

100 Rural Women is a nonprofit with a mission to serve and support rural women by identifying them, connecting with them and creating relationships and models for networking, leadership, mentorship and civic engagement.  Founder Teresa Kittridge was inspired to make change after the 2016 election.   

...I was looking at how women were being treated, discussed, dismissed, and also how rural America was just being painted with this broad brush. And I thought, you know what, we got to figure out how rural women can get together and better support each other. There's just got to be a better way...

...There's a number of amazing women's organizations nationally and statewide. But...It's tough to do work in rural, geographically. The scale is difficult. So it's tougher to get those resources out here and for women to be more aware of the resources that are available to them...Just looking at a public office perspective...  Look at our Itasca County Commissioners, for example, we have no women on our county board and those decisions have direct impact on our lives and our in our communities...-Teresa Kittridge

100 Rural Women is conducting virtual meetings organized by county clusters in the comming weeks to discuss what leadership looks like in the region and how women work, participate, and learn from each other in those communities.  The schedule is below: 

Thursday, March 4th from 7-8:30pm: Kittson, Roseau, Marshall, Pennington, and Red Lake Counties  

Saturday, March 6th from 8:30-10am:Beltrami, Lake of the Woods, Clearwater, and Hubbard Counties

Tuesday, March 9th from 3-4:30pm: Clay, Becker, Ottrertail, and Wilkin Counties

Friday, March 12th from noon-1:30pm: White Earth, Polk, Norman, and Mahnomen Counties

Click on the arrow above to learn more about the vision of 100 Rural Women and the life experiences that shaped and inspired Teresa Kittrige!  

Go to 100ruralwomen.org for more information about the organization and for information about attending the county meetings! 

Katie Carter started at Northern Community Radio in 2008 as Managing Editor of the station's grant-funded, online news experiment Northern Community Internet. Since 2016, she's produced Area Voices showcasing the arts, culture, and history stories of northern Minnesota. She's our local host of NPR's All Things Considered and CBC's As It Happens every weekday from 4-7pm.