Breaking Glass Ceilings: An Interview with Colorado Majority Leader Crisanta Duran
At the DNC Women’s Caucus, we heard from Secretary Madeleine Albright, Chairwoman Donna Brazile, and Leader Nancy Pelosi. On the Breaking Glass Ceilings Panel, Ayanna Presley spoke about the need to speak our truths. After the panel, I spoke with panelist and Colorado Majority Leader Crisanta Duran.
You spoke about getting into community activism because you wanted to make a difference. What advice do you have for young women who are looking to get involved?
Believe in yourself and believe in your ability to make a difference. There are so many different ways you can get involved in your community whether it’s volunteering for a non-profit or even running for office.
We need more women running for office to be in these roles. At times it can be very difficult if you’re the only woman, if you’re the only person of color. So we need more people who are willing to step up to the plate — to make a difference for our communities, for our state, and for our country.
How are Democrats the party of true family values?
Democrats are absolutely the party of true family values. We support efforts like making sure there is family leave, so that if an individual has a sick child and they need to take a little bit of time off from work they are able to care for their sick child.
And what are you doing to fight for families and children in Colorado?
We are working on a very broad economic security agenda. This last session we’ve had major advancements in workforce development so that people have tools to be able to succeed to get good paying jobs. It’s very important that we both fill the needs of business, and that individuals are able to get good paying jobs to be able to provide for themselves and for their families. So we want to give people the tools to be able to do that.
We’ve also advanced affordable housing in Colorado. The high cost of housing has hit so many different families that live paycheck to paycheck. Being able to buy a home is just out of reach for too many. So we’ve started a variety of initiatives to address that issue, as well.
As a Latina leader, in what ways do you stand in your truth?
I always stand in my truth every single day. We can never lose sight of the work we need to do for our communities, to advance the issues that all Americans care about.
The issues that people deal with every single day: How they’re going to provide for themselves and for their families, how they’re going to get their kids through school, how they’re going to be able to have some sort of retirement security in the future.
So every day, I wake up and I think about those issues, and I think about how we can deliver results. And that is my truth.
Anything else you want to add?
I’m so excited to be here for a historic convention! To see Hillary Clinton become our Democratic nominee and to put the first woman in the White House — with the right vision for America.