ELIZABETH SWAGER

As a woman working for social justice, I often speak to people with considerable power. I’ve found there are subtle ways they try to mute my voice, and not so subtle ways, such as interrupting me mid sentence.

For some time I found this intimidating, and they succeeded in taking over the conversation and taking away my power.

I was lucky to have an amazing woman mentor in my life, Madelyn Elder, who was my union president and my coach while I served on the union negotiating committee. She taught me that I, as a woman, have an obligation to never let people take my voice. Because it’s not just me who is impacted, but all the woman who will continue to be disempowered by allowing this system of oppression to continue. We all have an obligation to fight back, and create the change we want to see.