Rural Women’s Project Champions National Leadership
The Rural Women’s Project is proud to be part of a collaborative team with The White House Project and the Women, Food & Agriculture Network (WFAN) to support and champion the role of women’s leadership in the sustainable agriculture and good food movement, an initiative called Plate to Politics.
The kick-off to Plate to Politics started at a summit in May, 2011, Cultivate 2012, where MOSES helped bring together a diverse group of 30 women food system leaders from across the country to begin the process of creating a national strategy for strengthening the influence of women in the healthy food and farming movement, from the farmhouse to the White House. Women attending Cultivate 2012 represented a wide range of backgrounds, including organic farmers, tribal leaders, urban activists, leaders of national grassroots organizations, federal agency staff, political activists, researchers and communications professionals. Meet all of the women leaders here.
Key initiatives that emerged from the Cultivate 2012 gathering are development of: an authentic, positive message in the national media prioritizing the triple benefits of the movement for health, economy and food.:
• a national database and social media platform for collecting and championing diverse and inspiring stories of women farmers and food activists across the country, including connecting them with opportunities to be policy leaders from the local to the federal level
• a targeted education campaign for Congressional staff and leaders on policy issues of importance to women in sustainable agriculture;
• and an informational toolkit and resources to educate and inspire a broad diversity of voters on food issues.
“The core of our work and conversations at Wingspread was a deep and collaborative commitment to social and racial justice that drives the action agenda we developed, including perspectives from rural and urban, women of color, young women, native women, immigrant women and elders,” says Lisa Kivirist, director of the Rural Women’s Project for the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES). “We proved at the summit that as diverse as we are, we can coalesce around several key initiatives that will support the millions of women working to change America’s food system for the better.”