Breaking the glass ceiling, one voice at a time
Five Colorado women share why they’re standing with Hillary
Today is National Women’s Equality Day, marking the 96th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote in America. We’ve come a long way since 1920—but our work isn’t done yet.
To recognize this anniversary, we’re highlighting five Colorado women on the front lines of the fight for equality. Some have backed Hillary for decades, while others just recently joined the team. But they’re all working toward one goal: electing the first woman president.
Iriana Reyes-Corral, campaign volunteer and first-time voter
At a young age, Iriana Reyes-Corral learned what it meant to be a strong woman. She was raised by a single mother who worked for nonprofits advocating for women’s reproductive rights and racial justice. Now, Iriana is following her mother’s fight for equality:
“When I make calls and register voters, I’m putting cracks in that big glass ceiling. I want young women to be able to fulfill their dreams, get paid fairly for our hard work, and say once and for all that a woman can be president of the United States of America.”
Dana Juniel, business owner and LGBT advocate
Dana Juniel wears many hats. She is a small business owner, a wife, a mother, and a commissioner on the Denver LGBTQ Commission. For Dana, it’s important that the issues affecting her everyday life — LGBT rights, racial equality, equal pay, and early childhood education — are addressed by the candidates:
“Understanding that LGBT rights are human rights is critical, and Hillary understands that. She’s not saying, ‘People in the LGBT community, you are equal over there.’ It’s more of a statement of ‘You are part of the whole,’ and there’s strength in that.”
Polly Baca, state legislator and all-around glass ceiling breaker
As a lifelong advocate for voting rights, Polly takes her vote seriously. She’s known Hillary for four decades, and to her, the choice is clear:
“She has a heart for people. She’s the kind of woman I always have hoped would lead our country. It’s her commitment to women and to children and to families and to lower income families and to working families. Her commitment to to regular folks is what I think will make her a great president.”
Vita Lance-Brown & Lynetta Miller, friends and campaign volunteers
Vita Lance-Brown and Lynetta Miller have been volunteering for Hillary since the Colorado caucus in March. Lynetta, right, told us:
“She’s a fighter. She never stops fighting for what is right. I think she’ll be great for our children and grandchildren—for our future.”