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Johanna Silva Waki, vice president of training and community engagement at EMILY's List
Silva Waki said she's been fighting for immigrant's rights for decades. Her college-age self became incensed by a 1994 ballot initiative cutting state-run services in California. But there was little she could do to fight back — until the emigrant from Nicaragua became a citizen two years later.
As part of the electorate, she immersed herself in citizenship-application drives and advocating for immigrant and student rights. In recent years, her advocacy efforts have contributed to propping up female candidates including Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, a Democrat of Nevada, as well as ushering in the country's first majority-female legislature in 2018.
“It's crucial that women see themselves reflected in their leaders,” Silva Waki told Insider of the glass ceilings left to shatter.