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Beth Peterson

Beth Peterson

Beth Peterson, Minnesota state director of Vote Run Lead, is passionate about reducing poverty in rural, northeast Minnesota. She has successfully advocated for policy changes that affect the ability of women and girls to move to self-sufficiency, from early childhood education to access to non-traditional career pathways. Beth has run numerous political campaigns, and she served a term on the Eveleth City Council. Beth enjoys volunteering in the community with her spouse and three children.

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Women leaders needed in the Legislature — now | Opinion

By: - June 17, 2022

There’s only one state in this country with a female majority in its state legislature, and unfortunately, it isn’t Minnesota. In the Land of 10,000 Lakes, women are 50.3% of the population but only hold about 36%  of the state legislative seats. The number is drastically lower for women of color, who are 18.2% of […]

COMMENTARY

In discussion of equality, rural women are too often left behind — Opinion

By: - August 24, 2021

Over the past several months, I have engaged with women across Minnesota to learn how to get more women to run for office.  Whether in big cities, wealthy suburbs or the Iron Range, we share common frustrations like inadequate child care, as well as common worries like the COVID-19 crisis, women’s economic security and the […]