Our Story

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After the Women's March on Washington on January 22, 2017, the leaders encouraged participants to organize community groups that could transform the energy of the march into local and national action. The goal of these "Huddles" was to be "positive, inclusive, action-oriented and grounded in the tradition of nonviolent resistance." Inspired, Veronica put out the call to her like-minded friends. They did more than just show up. They shared intimate pieces of their lives, inspired each other to take action and committed to the fight to win back this country.  


Mission & Values

We are all first time activists. We are professional women who have cultivated our talents in diverse industries and functions. And we have been awakened to our capacity to effectively drive positive, progressive change in our country.

We work in support of women, families, immigrants, the environment, science, civil liberties, equality, and democracy. We reject the racist, misogynist, fascist, fear-based policies set forth by the current administration and their Republican allies.

We will support progressive causes, engage in direct action, and enable others like us to join in political activism.

We will be strategic and we will execute with excellence. And we will not be stopped.

Through this work, we will turn the House Democratic and restore a check on the unfettered activity of this hateful administration and we will ensure our local representatives are unyielding in their support for progressive causes.


Background on Our Name

We like the dichotomy the name implies, because we feel it. We are ladies! We're well spoken, we're considerate, we're generally polite. And we have benefited from the educational and economic opportunities afforded to us by the existing power structure. Yet, we are resisting it. We deeply feel the dichotomy between what we know to be the greatness of America and the current betrayal of it.

Also, we started our activism with good ol' Victorian style letter writing.


Meet the Team

We are a group of professional women. Many of us are mothers with young children. Most of us are first-time activists. We meet at night and on weekends to fight for the democratic values and causes we feel are in jeopardy. Read on to learn a bit about our members. 

 

 
Veronica Jow   I'm a physician and I believe we all have the power and responsibility to create positive social change.

Veronica Jow

I'm a physician and I believe we all have the power and responsibility to create positive social change.

Sam Cauthen   I work in software and I believe institutional racism can be eroded through individual action.

Sam Cauthen

I work in software and I believe institutional racism can be eroded through individual action.

Leah Allen   I'm a B2B marketer in tech and I'm passionate about stemming climate change.

Leah Allen

I'm a B2B marketer in tech and I'm passionate about stemming climate change.

 
Kat Mirrashidi   I'm a scientific researcher in biotech and I am passionate about criminal justice reform.

Kat Mirrashidi

I'm a scientific researcher in biotech and I am passionate about criminal justice reform.

Lindsay Huston   I'm a physician and I believe everyone deserves affordable health care.

Lindsay Huston

I'm a physician and I believe everyone deserves affordable health care.

Hibah Shariff   I work in public relations and I'm passionate about protecting our democray and freedoms.

Hibah Shariff

I work in public relations and I'm passionate about protecting our democray and freedoms.

 
Rebecca Vyduna   I'm an education administrator serving public schools and I believe education is a civil right.

Rebecca Vyduna

I'm an education administrator serving public schools and I believe education is a civil right.

Laura Techera   I'm a producer in film and advertising who understands that this nation was built on the shoulders of immigrants

Laura Techera

I'm a producer in film and advertising who understands that this nation was built on the shoulders of immigrants

Jeanna Wallenta   I'm a healthcare delivery systems researcher and I believe high quality, affordable healthcare is a basic human right.

Jeanna Wallenta

I'm a healthcare delivery systems researcher and I believe high quality, affordable healthcare is a basic human right.

 
Lovina Chahal   I am a psychiatrist and I believe everyone should have a fair chance at happiness through access to quality public school education, quality healthcare via a single-payer system, and a clean environment.

Lovina Chahal

I am a psychiatrist and I believe everyone should have a fair chance at happiness through access to quality public school education, quality healthcare via a single-payer system, and a clean environment.

Julie Atkinson   I believe in celebrating diversity in all its forms.

Julie Atkinson

I believe in celebrating diversity in all its forms.

Tamara Mendelsohn   I work in tech and I believe in equal rights with protection, support, and justice for all.

Tamara Mendelsohn

I work in tech and I believe in equal rights with protection, support, and justice for all.

 
Gaby Mishev   I work in biotech and I am passionate about continuing to strengthen and protect our democracy.

Gaby Mishev

I work in biotech and I am passionate about continuing to strengthen and protect our democracy.

Erin Hillmer   I'm a graphic designer and I believe that we will always be stronger together.

Erin Hillmer

I'm a graphic designer and I believe that we will always be stronger together.

Elaine Catherine   I work as a musician and music business entrepreneur. My degree is in international relations and political science. I care about democracy, fairness, freedom and keeping the planet habitable for humans.

Elaine Catherine

I work as a musician and music business entrepreneur. My degree is in international relations and political science. I care about democracy, fairness, freedom and keeping the planet habitable for humans.

Laurie Scolari   I'm a college professor and fight for equity and social justice in the field of education.

Laurie Scolari

I'm a college professor and fight for equity and social justice in the field of education.

Jen Caulfield   I am a school social worker who was done FUMING on the sidelines and chose to channel my anger in a positive direction.

Jen Caulfield

I am a school social worker who was done FUMING on the sidelines and chose to channel my anger in a positive direction.

Mary Grace Esteban   I'm an entrepreneur, canna investor, and a public civil servant.

Mary Grace Esteban

I'm an entrepreneur, canna investor, and a public civil servant.

Anna Bloom   I work in software and believe in the power of the people.

Anna Bloom

I work in software and believe in the power of the people.