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Badass All-Women LA Board of Supervisors on Ms. Magazine Podcast, “Issues With Michele Goodwin”

The episode is available now on Apple PodcastsSpotify and

On the Issues with Michele Goodwin is a popular, issues and policy-focused podcast featuring feminist analysis, insightful conversations and exciting guests.

CupThis 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—Meet the Badass All-Women LA Board of Supervisors (with Supervisors Kathryn Barger, Janice Hahn, Sheila Kuehl, Holly Mitchell & Hilda Solis)—is available now on Apple PodcastsSpotify and

All eyes are on Washington D.C., with commissions to study the January 6 insurrection, expansion of the Supreme Court, and coronavirus origins. But that means much can be overlooked at home.

Do you know the names of your local school board members? What about the folks on your city council?

It’s time to dive into local leadership and why it matters.

Dr. Goodwin is joined by the badass women running the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors—the largest local government in the nation—making history with the first all-women board in its more than 150-year history: Supervisors Kathryn Barger, Janice Hahn, Sheila Kuehl, Holly Mitchell and Hilda Solis.

Their conversation covered a wide range of topics; you can find a full transcript here, as well as a few excerpts below:

“[W]e’ve all suffered from a constant level of invisibility in society as women, not necessarily the five of us. But it’s just taken for granted that there would never be an all women board or an all women, anything that governs.” —Supervisor Sheila Kuehl

“[W]hen you talk about LA County, we are the size of Rhode Island. Our budget is larger than many states, approaching $38 billion.” —Supervisor Kathryn Barger

“I look forward to the amazing policy changes that won’t just benefit women and girls in LA County. But will reflect our own lens and our own life experience as women. And I think we’ll make it better for everybody in the county. I’m excited about that possibility.”—Supervisor Holly Mitchell

“I think a lot of people don’t understand the whole concept of wealth inequality, and where it starts. Where it starts, it starts by government sometimes, taking property, or through zoning laws, not allowing African Americans to even purchase or live in certain areas” —Supervisor Janice Hahn

“[T]he COVID pandemic really is showing us where the gaps are in terms of our government services, number one, and how we have to change laws and policies, because they are not as relevant today as they were maybe 100 years ago, 50 years ago, 20 years ago.” —Supervisor Hilda Solis

Meet the Host of On the Issues:

Dr. Michele Goodwin is a frequent contributor to Ms.Magazine and on 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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