New Episode of Ms.’s On The Issues With Michele Goodwin Podcast: Being Black in Public Office: Challenges, Demands and Staying True

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | November 9, 2021

On the Issues with Michele Goodwin is a popular, issues and policy-focused podcast featuring feminist analysis, insightful conversations and exciting guests. This is the first podcast from Ms. magazine, a legacy feminist publication. In each bi-weekly episode, host Dr. Michele Goodwin and special guests will tackle the most compelling issues of our times, centering feminist concerns about rebuilding our nation and advancing the promise of equality.

A new episode—Being Black in Public Office: Challenges, Demands and Staying True (with AG Aaron D. Ford and Rep. Leslie Herod)—is available now on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and MsMagazine.com.

In this episode, Dr. Goodwin is joined by Colorado state Representative Leslie Herod and Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford to discuss being Black in public office. How do they deal with the challenges and demands of serving the public, while staying true to themselves?

You can find a full transcript of the episode here, as well as a few excerpts below:

“I had always wanted to be in politics and do public policy, but without seeing anyone who looked like me, who was Black or gay, it was really hard for me to imagine taking that seat.” —Rep. Leslie Herod

“We live in states where our positions are term limited, and I think that that comes with its advantages and disadvantages. But one of them is that I know I’m done in 8 years, maybe 6, maybe 4 — but you know, I know that that’s the fact, and so I’m not here to hold a seat. I’m here to get the job done for my community.” — Rep. Leslie Herod

“As attorneys general, we have the ability to effectuate real positive change in attacking issues from our perch. We have the law that we can utilize in so many different ways.” — AG Aaron Ford

“I likewise am concerned about the state of democracy, but I remain optimistic… I’m confident that as long as we stay in this fight, we can continue to move the ball forward.” — AG Aaron Ford

Meet the Host of On the Issues: Dr. Michele Goodwin is a frequent contributor to Ms. Magazine and on MsMagazine.com. She is a Chancellor’s Professor at the University of California, Irvine and also serves on the executive committee and national board of the ACLU. Dr. Goodwin is a prolific author and an elected member of the American Law Institute, as well as an elected Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and the Hastings Center. Her most recent book, Policing The Womb: Invisible Women and The Criminalization of Motherhood is described as a “must read.”

About Ms. Magazine: Co-founded by Gloria Steinem in 1972 and published by the Feminist Majority Foundation since 2001, Ms. magazine has been a trusted, popular source for feminist news and information in print and online for nearly 50 years. Ms.’s time-honored traditions of an emphasis on in-depth investigative reporting and feminist political analysis have never been more relevant, bringing a new generation of writers and readers together to share news, analysis, research and strategies for fighting back and moving forward, for shaping the future.

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