Strong Women

Conversations with women about their lived experience in northern Minnesota.  Search your podcast sources for Strong Women.

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Did you known that there is not an Amendment in either the MN or the U.S. Constitution that states specifically that women and men have equal protection under the law?  Polls show that 76% of our population think that we have an Equal Rights Amendment and 94% believe we should.

Betty Folliard joined us For Making Sausage on KAXE/KBXE's Morning Show along with DFL commentator Colleen Nardone. 

I had the pleasure of a visit to Deer River High School last week to hear about the preparations and the meaning behind this Saturday's Picking Roses Round Dance and Fashion Show.  Everyone is invited and welcome.

A couple of weeks ago I went to the movie Bombshell with Laura Connelly and Sarah Bignall.  The movie is about the women at Fox News who set out to expose CEO Roger Ailes for sexual harassment.  It was well done and brought up a lot of conversation after the movie about how women are treated in society and especially at work.  Check out our other Strong Women conversations and coming soon is a focus group wrap up from our Brainerd listening session "Speak Up Lady:  Objections to Objectification".  Also coming

The Women’s Leadership Fund, a non-profit and all-volunteer effort to support and accelerate the strengths and skills of women in organizational leadership positions, is now recruiting for its WELead peer advisory Cohorts that will begin in April 2020 in Brainerd/Little Falls region.  Deadline to apply is February 1st.

Each group is made of up to 10 women leaders who meet monthly and support and advise on each other’s personal and professional goals.

The Anishinaabe have always said that there's a choice between two paths. One is well-worn but scorched and the other is not well-worn and it's green. We're always told to be arduous in our choice upon which path to walk...I feel like at this moment in time, that's where we are. And this pipeline is really about that moment of what we want to do - for the water and for the future. So this story and this up to date, showing the commitment of people on the frontlines and the brutality that Enbridge has resorted to to put in a pipeline.

Project Fine

So being a refugee is like you are just a number. But you know, pretty soon when we became a number, my husband and I, we realized that we were a lucky number because we survived the war in Bosnia.  

Fatima Said is executive director of Project Fine in Winona, MN. 

Last Friday KAXE/KBXE News Director Heidi Holtan and Strong Women contributor and facilitator Laura Connelly visited with the folks at Almanac North Dennis Anderson and Julie Zenner.  We've got more Strong Women focus groups coming up in Brainerd and Grand Rapids and stay tuned for a Strong Women: Grandmothers Storytelling event as well!

Marilyn Lee

Marilyn Lee is a woman of many talents.  She's a photographer, she's a quilter and embroidery artist who conducts online workshops, she's a collector of antique sewing machines and a lover of the outdoors.

Blair Treuer's textile exhibit "Portraits" opens tomorrow night (Friday) at the Watermark Art Center in Bemidji.  A collection of large-scale images depicting her nine children, her husband and herself, her work uses thousands of small pieces of fabric as her pallete.  A kaleidoscope of color illuminating the spirit of each of her subjects, this dreamy, textural, visual experience of an exhibit was born from the unique spiritual journey of Blair and her family.    

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Walker … it's almost like a storybook...It's still small enough that you can know everybody if you choose to. You can be private if you don't…Who would want to leave this, ever?

JoAnn Pells has spent nearly her entire life in the Walker area.  After encouragement from acquaintances, when she was nearing the age of 40, she decided to run for Cass County Commissioner. 

I'm a believer if you don't like it you, gotta dive in, try to make change. So I threw my hat in the ring and then I won…