Women Win: Morgan Miller, Political Representative at AFSCME Iowa, Council 61
For the first time in Iowa’s history, two women — Hillary Rodham Clinton and Patty Judge — will occupy the top of the Democratic ticket this November. And in many districts across the Hawkeye State, Iowans will have the opportunity to vote for women Democratic candidates for several offices at the top of the ticket. That’s why we’re launching Women Win, a campaign to help empower women across the state to talk about the historic nature of this election — and to recognize the amazing women of Iowa’s past, present, and future. Keep your eyes on our Twitter, Facebook, and Medium to learn their stories, then join in on our efforts.
“I was born in Waterloo, Iowa, and both of my parents were attending the University of Northern Iowa at the time. My family has always been politically involved over the dinner table, but 2004 was when I really started my own political activism.
I volunteered for John Kerry with my older sister. Then, in 2007, I caucused for the first time. Being a part of the political process got me very excited. It was fitting that I studied political science in college, and it all led me in the direction to where I am today.
Before I got my start in the labor movement, I graduated from the University of Iowa and got a job as a clerk at the state Capitol for a state senator, a woman from Mason City.
The most shocking thing I noticed while clerking for a state senator in Iowa was the number of women in office: It was so few in comparison to the number of male legislators. I think in the state Senate there are seven women out of 50, which is pretty shocking.
When I first started getting involved in politics, I was very optimistic about women’s standing in the world. Seeing that in the Senate was disappointing. Fortunately, the state senator I worked for was a leader and trailblazer, and she showed me that nothing could hold her back from getting things done in a male-dominated senate.
It’s important to have more women in politics because we represent half of the population, and we bring a different perspective to the table. I think it’s only right to have that representation. We need more women lawmakers to equal at least the number of women that make up our population.
It’s important that Hillary becomes our next president because she’s always been a fighter for women, children, and anyone who has been disadvantaged. Hillary is willing to give a voice to all people and not just a few. I think that’s been clear since she graduated law school, and during her time as first lady, Senator, and Secretary of State. She’s just fought all her life and made incremental change, and I think we just need to see that in the White House. Our country could benefit so much from having a leader like Hillary, she’s willing to get stuff done.”
Morgan Miller is an Iowa native and a political representative with AFSCME in Iowa. She works to organize and politically educate AFSCME’s membership so they’re aware of how politics affect their everyday lives, and to organize their members to take action.