Madison Nguyen via She Should Run: How Her Life As A Refugee Inspired Her Political Journey (video)

(WIRE Team note: Madison’s fundraising comments are especially to-the-point and honest)

Ally Cummings

May 05, 2020


Running for office is no small feat. It takes confidence and savviness that few of us naturally possess. Several women tell us that they simply “fake it til they make it.” In this session, we talk about courage: how to notice it in ourselves, how to develop it, and how to courageously take our place in seats of power across the country. We (She Should Run) are delighted to have our guest speaker Madison Nguyen to share her story and guide us through this conversation.


Madison Nguyen served as Vice Mayor on the San Jose City Council from 2011 to 2014. When she was four years old, Madison and her family escaped Vietnam on an overcrowded fishing boat. Her time as a refugee, the sacrifices her family made, and growing up as a Vietnamese American shaped who Madison became as a public leader.


Read more and watch here, via She Should Run.


She Should Run is a nonpartisan nonprofit working to dramatically increase the number of women considering a run for public office.

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