Change Was Her: An interview with Erin Loos Cutraro, She Should Run

What inspired you to start She Should Run?

Every woman I’ve had the honor of working within politics has tirelessly come to the table to make her community, state, or country a better place.  And her ability to find her way—to push through the doubt, through the challenges—to that leadership role should be the norm as opposed to the exception. Our country needs smart, diverse voices and perspectives. And that’s what She Should Run is all about, a starting place that makes it easy for women from all walks of life to explore how they can bring their unique experiences to the table to make their communities stronger.

Who do you think of when you reflect on those women who shaped your life? Did any of them serve in elected office?

I consider myself fortunate to have grown up with many women who were positive influences in my life. And while none were elected leaders, they were all changemakers in different ways. My mom, for instance, worked full time and raised me and my sister as a mostly single parent. She was (and still is) a pro problem solver in all things. I also think of my best friend’s mom who was always involved in our schools advocating for the best learning environment possible and created safe spaces for us to just be kids. When I reflect on my childhood, I realize both of them were responsive, persistent, and anticipated the needs of those around them. That’s the kind of person we want in elected office – those who make the world go round as part of their nature. 

What advice do you have for someone who is already making change in her community but not yet thinking of running for office?

As the wise Rosa Parks once said, “To bring about change, you must not be afraid to take the first step. We will fail when we fail to try.” The countless women organizing for change in their communities, those who serve on parent-teacher associations, the teachers, nurses, and home health workers – all of these women aren’t afraid of taking that first step to making change and I encourage them to think about how they could amplify their impact by running for office. 

What makes you hopeful about the future?

With a new generation of women leaders, we can create a government truly reflective of the people who get the work done. To build a better future for our daughters. So I ask, who is that woman you know doing the work already? Is it you? Change is here and it is her.