Her Accusations Ended His Political Career. Here's What She Wants You to Know Now.
"I have fantastic male colleagues who stood by me and defended me," says Colorado Rep. Faith Winter.
The #MeToo movement has shaken state capitols all across the country. Since the hashtag sparked a nationwide focus on sexual harassment and assault late last year, more than a dozen state lawmakers have resigned or been ousted over related allegations.
One of them was Colorado Rep. Steve Lebsock. One of his accusers was Colorado Rep. Faith Winter.
On this episode of "The 23%: Conversations With Women in Government," we talk to Rep. Winter about her struggle to expel Lebsock, who she says systematically harassed and abused several female lawmakers, including herself. Winter's experience highlights both how far gender equity in politics has come, but also how far we still have to go.
"I have fantastic male colleagues who stood by me and defended me. We've created a culture where our male colleagues are more engaged and having those conversations. We have signs all over the Capitol it is changing, but it will take time," she says.
This is the second conversation in a three-episode partnership with VoteRunLead, a nonpartisan organization that helps women run for office, where Winter also serves as national program director.