A 19-year-old recent high school graduate running for a school board position in Denver. A Holocaust survivor. The first LGBT African-American person to hold elected office in Colorado.
Tay Anderson, Fanny Starr and State Rep. Leslie Herod were among panelists who spoke at an event Aug. 30 hosted by the Colorado Women’s Bar Association and In This Together Media. Proceeds from the night went to the CWBA’s lobbying efforts for issues such as equal pay, paid family and medical leave, women’s health care and anti-trafficking.
The panelists, which also included filmmaker Imran Siddiquee, Girls Athletic Leadership Schools founder Liz Wolfson and moderator Saira Rao, each spoke about obstacles they have faced because of their race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality or gender and their drive to pursue social equality.
The speakers have each contributed essays about their stories of persistence for a collection targeted toward young adults by In This Together Media, titled “Nevertheless, We Persisted.” Rao, who founded the company, said the anthology came about from a desire to make something positive after the 2016 presidential election.