Women's Economic Security Summit

While the 2014 Women’s Economic Security Act represented great progress for women and families in Minnesota, there is more work to do. Public policy and workplaces can and must do a better job of supporting women as essential contributors to their families’ economic security and Minnesota’s economy.

From wages and benefits to work-family balance to caring for children and families, we are calling on policy makers in Minnesota to address the challenges we face – which will improve the lives not only of women but of all Minnesotans.

On January 29 a sold-out crowd gathered to hear state legislators, community leaders, and advocates discuss the policies we need now to break down barriers to economic equality.


Watch the Opening and Closing remarks

  • Governor Mark Dayton (pictured)
  • Representative Paul Thissen
  • Senator Sandy Pappas
  • Barbara Battiste, Office on the Economic Status of Women
  • Lisa Stratton, Gender Justice and the Minnesota Coalition for Women’s Economic Security
  • Debra Fitzpatrick, Center on Women and Public Policy and the Minnesota Coalition for Women’s Economic Security


women of color

Watch the historic Voices of Minnesota’s Indigenous & Immigrant Women, and Women of Color panel

Moderators –   Kenya McKnight & Fartun Weli

Legislators –  Representative Rena Moran,
& Senator Foung Hawj

Panelists –

  •   African American Community:   Kamillah El-Amin;
  •   Asian American Community:   Bo Thao-Urabe
  •   Latina Community:   Emilia Gonzalez Avalos
  •   Liberian Community:    Denise Butler
  •   Somali Community:   Farhiya Farah



Watch the 6 in 10 Caregivers are Employed: The impact on women
and the workforce panel

Moderator –   Lori Sturdevant, Minneapolis Star Tribune

Legislator –   Senator Carla Nelson

Panelists –

  • Pam Sartell, Owner/CEO of The Sartell Group
  • Hedy Tripp, Chair, National Governing Board
    of the National Asian Pacific American
    Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) St. Cloud Chapter



Watch the Beyond Roads & Bridges: Bringing the needs of women
and low income families into the transportation discussion panel

Moderator –   Lorrie Janatopoulos, Arrowhead Economic   Opportunity Agency; Governor’s Workforce   Development Council

Legislator –   Representative Connie Bernardy

Panelists –

  • Kenya McKnight, President, Black Women’s
    Business Alliance; Metropolitan Council Transportation Advisory Board
  • Chalonne Wilson, Amherst H. Wilder Foundation