The 2016 election certainly illuminated the need for our male politicians to do a better job advocating for and supporting women’s issues in the U.S. When I began speaking about running for Congress in CD1, many recounted the divisive language Donald Trump used to speak about women. There is still a sense of collective shock that our current President treats women in such an abhorrent way. It is important to understand that we all collectively should be champions for equality.

I am a staunch feminist who was raised by a long line of strong women. In fact, my mother, Linda Sedbrook, is the strongest person I know. Her strength was passed down to her by her own mother, Virginia Hungerford, who broke down societal stereotypes in the middle of the 20th century, and always stood on principle. The women of my family have taught me that strength, fortitude, and valor are characteristics that we should all possess.

As a candidate for CD1, I have a responsibility as a man to stand up for women’s rights, support legislation that improves the lives of women, and work toward a more inclusive society where our differences are valued and celebrated, that’s what feminism means to me.

“A feminist is anyone who recognizes the equality and full humanity of women and men.”
– Gloria Steinem