#RuralWomenLead Profile Series

Shonterria Charleston: “the mission of creating communities of safe and affordable housing for families…keeps me here.”

Shonterria Charleston brings to her work both a military sense of duty to get the job done and dedication to serve those in need. Charleston has relied on both instincts during her 21 year career at the Housing Assistance Council, a national organization that helps build homes and communities across rural America. Charleston and her colleagues work with organizations in rural communities across the United States to help ensure that they have the funding, technical knowledge, training and information they need. Charleston arrived at HAC fresh from the U.S. Army.  She and her husband, both in the military at the

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Teresa Kittridge, Founder of 100 Rural Women

Teresa Kittridge: Building a Movement of Rural Women

From the Rural Assembly: During these difficult times, we are committed to continuing to share stories of hope, resilience, and solidarity that strengthen our relationships across and within rural America. Please enjoy this most recent profile in the #RuralWomenLead Series of Teresa Kittridge, Founder of 100 Rural Women.  From an early age, Teresa Kittridge saw the disparity of women in leadership and knew that needed to change. “Growing up in a family of strong women, with incredible role models I had much encouragement that I could achieve leadership, that women’s voices and issues are important and equity is critical to

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Starre Haas, VoteRunLead

Starre Haas: Mother, Business Owner, and Women’s Activist

In her twenties, Starre Haas had two degrees, two kids, and many questions about her future.  Would she be a stay at home mom?  Would she stick to a career in accounting and finance, an industry that didn’t seem to fit her personality?  One trend had emerged: she was spending all of her free time volunteering in her new neighborhood of downtown Little Rock, Arkansas. She had fallen in love with the community, the houses, and the potential. Her hunger for public service grew as she volunteered in the neighborhood. But could she transition from a volunteer grassroots community activist

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Filmmaker Anita Holsapple at the inaugural Rural Women's Summit

Anita Holsapple: “We have great power to make a difference wherever we are. We do not need permission, we just need to act.”

Video: Anita Holsapple reads from her reflection on the Rural Women’s Summit. “War,” says Anita Sugimura Holsapple, “ has touched my home my whole life.” Holsapple is a filmmaker, a resident of rural Louisiana, and a former military child who has lived on military bases in the U.S. and internationally. Her father served in combat; her mother is a survivor of the Nagasaki atomic bombing.  Her film, “ Battlefield: Home — Breaking the Silence” explores the impact of war on her family and others, particularly those living in rural America.  “It was very important for me to address the needs

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Prairie Rose Seminole, trainer with Vote Run Lead, speaks about native visibility at the Rural Women's Summit

Prairie Rose Seminole: Advocating for Native People Across the Country

Prairie Rose Seminole is tending to her plants while she answers these questions. She’s just arrived home to North Dakota and will leave in a day to travel again. Seminole spends much of her time on the road. As the American Indian Alaska Native Program Director for the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ECLA), she travels to Lutheran churches across the country.  She also travels with national organizations that train candidates, campaign workers and activists. At the Rural Women’s Summit in October 2019, Seminole led a VoteRunLead workshop equipping summit participants to run for office.  After a sudden and scary

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