Episode 98: Mia Brett on Political Advocacy for Women and The American Women's Party

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Today's episode is with the co-founder of the American Women's Party, Mia Brett on political advocacy for women. 

Mia was born on July 5, 1987. Her mother encouraged her political interest from a young age, claiming that Mia sent a letter to Bush in 1989 to ask him not to go to war.

Mia’s mother, Laurel Brett, had been an activist in the 60s and 70s and taught English and Women’s Studies and raised her daughter to think critically and care about social justice.

At Barnard, Mia’s dedication to women’s rights and criminal justice reform were encouraged by the environment at a women’s college in New York City. After internships in criminal justice reform Mia went to law school, however after completing one year she left to get a PhD in history specializing in American legal history.

During the 2016 election season Mia’s interest in politics and social justice returned and she started one of the infamous secret Hillary facebook groups. Mia is currently living in Brooklyn, teaching legal history, finishing her dissertation, and working for the American Women’s Party.

In this episode we talked about:

  • The upcoming Win With Women Conference in Washington, DC May 14-16, 2018
  • Laws and policies affecting women's equal rights
  • The Me Too and Times Up movements effects on women's equality
  • Mia's work at the American Women's Party -- the challenges she faces and the opportunities she's excited about
  • The intersection of conservative women and feminist beliefs
  • The upcoming midterm elections and her hopes for the future of women

Mia spends a lot of her time on Twitter, so be sure to connect with her there or at americanwomensparty.org.

PS: In this episode, Tchotchke (Mia's dog) made a special appearance! Isn't he adorable? 

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