What Unites Us - We are Moms

With a few exceptions, most of the women running for Congress this year are Moms. It’s what unites so many women running — and women voting — regardless of party and ideology.

In this “What Unites Us” we highlight three of the many Moms running for Congress in this election: a mom who fought for childcare, a mom who fought to be a mom, and a mom who fights every day in memory of her son.

Liuba Grechen Shirley, Candidate for the U.S. House of Represenatives (D-NY02)

Liuba is a mom of two young children that fought to use campaign funds to pay for childcare expenses. This sets a new FEC precedent that will allow more women to run for office. “Without childcare I would not be able to run for office. This is a barrier so that parents of young children can not run.” {see GMA video}

Liuba is a mom, community leader, and Long Island, NY native. She “is not a politician, but she knows Washington has been failing Long Island families for too long—and she’s ready to fight back. Liuba has spent her career building better futures for women. She led the fight to ease the burden on women running for office and will demand paid leave, equal pay and safe workplaces.” {see liubaforcongress.com}

Liuba holds an MBA with specializations in Management, Economics, and Social Innovation from New York’s University’s Stern School of Business, and a BA in Politics and Russian from NYU.

Angie Craig, Candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives (D-MN02)

Angie had to fight for the right to be a mom. Angie, along with her partner, spent three years in court fighting for the right to adopt her son Joshua back in the late 1990’s at a time when gay/lesbian adoption was not allowed in most states. Her case set a precedent and that baby is now in college. Angie and her wife Cheryl have raised four sons, three in college and the youngest in high school.

Angie’s story starts in Arkansas where she was raised by a single mother in a mobile home park. “At times, our family didn’t have health insurance, and I watched as my mom struggled to pay the bills that piled up on our kitchen table after my little sister needed hospital care. Like my mom, I worked two jobs to put myself through state college, with help from student loans. After graduation, I became a newspaper reporter, and then rose over 15 years to eventually lead a workforce of 16,000 employees as head of Global Human Resources for a major Minnesota manufacturer.” {see Meet Angie}

“That’s why I’m running for Congress. Because the opportunities that I was lucky enough to have are disappearing for too many families. And most politicians seem content to sit back and do nothing but continue to help the rich get richer and fight among themselves. It’s a broken political system that works for the special interests, not us. I’m not seeking a career in politics. I’m asking to serve my community by fighting for good public policy – that actually puts people first, for a change.” {see Meet Angie}

To learn more about Angie, listen to the podcast interview below or visit angiecraig.com.

Women Belong in the House Podcast Ep. 5: Jumping the Confidence Gap with Angie Craig

Lucy McBath, Candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives (D-GA06)

Lucy came to political activism after tragedy — a tragedy that every mom fears most. She is the mother of Jordan Davis, who was shot and killed at a gas station in Jacksonville, Fla. that year by a man objecting to the music he was playing in his car. The shooter used Florida’s stand-your-ground law as his defense. He was not found guilty of murder in his first trial. In an October 2014 retrial, the shooter was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. {see About Lucy}

Lucy was employed by Delta Airlines In-Flight Service for 30 years. She received her B.A. degree in political science from Virginia State University in 1982.  Losing her son in such a senseless way has fueled her lifelong commitment to community activism and the importance of political engagement. Before running for Congress, Lucy held dual roles as the national spokesperson for Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, as well as Faith and Outreach Leader for both. {see About Lucy}

She now hopes to take this passion and bring it to Congress.

Our “What Unites Us” Series is highlighting women running for Congress from all parties who have something in common – and something we may even have in common with them.

We encourage you to learn more about all the women running for office in this MidTerm election. To learn about ALL women running, visit the Center for American Women in Politics at Rutgers University who lists all women running at the National and State level along with links to their websites.

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