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The 23%: Conversations With Women in Government

Other Lawmakers 'Would Say They Had Shoes Older Than Me'

Susana Mendoza was just 28 years old when she was first elected. Now she oversees how her former colleagues are spending their state's money.

Illinois State Comptroller Susana Mendoza sitting at her desk.

Women only make up 23 percent of government roles at the state and local level. In our new podcast, called "The 23%: Conversations With Women in Government," Governing reporter Mattie Quinn will sit down twice a month with members of that 23-percent club.

She'll be talking to accomplished women about what motivated them to run for office, lessons they’ve learned along the way and the policy battles they're gearing up for this year.

You can listen to each interview below and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or Stitcher.