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Minnesota Womens Press names Change makers

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The Minnesota Women's Press has named ten individuals and organizations as its 2007 Changemakers. The Changemakers are selected from a pool of nominees suggested by Minnesota Women's Press readers and staff. The criteria are that the nominee must be a Minnesota individual or organization who has acted to improve the lives of women and girls in 2007. The Changemakers selected have promoted greater equality, justice and self-determination for women and girls in their community, our state, nation and around the globe. The Minnesota Women's Press has named ten individuals and organizations as its 2007 Changemakers. The Changemakers are selected from a pool of nominees suggested by Minnesota Women's Press readers and staff. The criteria are that the nominee must be a Minnesota individual or organization who has acted to improve the lives of women and girls in 2007. The Changemakers selected have promoted greater equality, justice and self-determination for women and girls in their community, our state, nation and around the globe.

Pictured right are Julie Hellwich, Lauretta Dawolo and Nancy Scheibe

The 2007 Changemakers are:

Vednita Carter and Breaking Free: The St. Paul and Minneapolis-based nonprofit organization helps women and girls escape prostitution. It is recognized for its Stop the Demand program, which works with police to hold male johns accountable.

Lauretta Dawolo: News director of KFAI radio, for her work with Youth News Initiative, a summer internship in which girls of color gain hands-on experience in all aspects of producing a news story on a topic of their choice.

Foundation IX: New nonprofit organization that provides grants for deserving girls who need financial assistance to participate in sports activities. In 2007 Foundation IX granted funds to forty-five girls.

Pakou Hang: St. Paul City Council candidate's groundbreaking campaign featured women in major leadership roles and scored big in community building, engagement, outreach and skill building. Hang is a role model for candidates in that she ran a smart, analytical campaign with heart and soul.

Julie Hellwich: The entrepreneur behind "Smart Women" products is a leader in the social entrepreneurship movement, which is dedicated to contributing to the greater good because it is the right thing to do, not because it will increase sales. Hellwich combines smart business practices with her responsibility to the larger community.

Connie Perpich and Planned Parenthood: Together they spearheaded the work of a statewide coalition of women's clinics to enact legislation that increased funding for contraception for low-income women for the first time in a decade.

Nancy Scheibe: An Ely woman who in 2007 completed the second leg of her five-part journey kayaking the length of the Mississippi and collecting women's stories along the way. On the 2007 trip she held nine women's gatherings and collected 154 stories. Scheibe is the author of "Water Women Wisdom," about the first leg of her journey.

Nancy Stephan and Honoring Women Worldwide: This organization, started in January 2007, plans to build a Women's Worldwide Hall of Fame by 2015 in the Twin Cities. Honoring the racial and cultural diversity of women is at the core of this organization, which brings hundreds of women together for monthly gathering sessions.

Sheila Wellstone Institute: Conducted intensive training for sixty Native American women from all eleven Minnesota reservations and the Twin Cities. The women visited the State Capitol and lobbied their legislators about the sexual abuse of Native women.

Teens Against Dating Abuse (TADA) : This Mille Lacs County-based organization, run by teens from three schools, recognized the need for education at an early age, and in 2007 expanded its membership to include younger girls, aged 10-12, in its education, prevention and public awareness activities.

In addition to its print newspaper and online edition, the Minnesota Women's Press includes: The Minnesota Women's Directory, which connects more tha
 

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