Member Mondays: Elizabeth Winchester

How long have you been in Monroe County?

I lived in Bloomington for four years while I completed my first undergraduate degree. I moved away and lived in San Francisco and Chicago for 9 years and then returned in 2009 to raise my 2 kids.

What is your involvement with NOW, and why did you get involved?

When Laura Collins first began considering convening a local chapter, she approached me to see if I’d be interested. Joining NOW has been an empowering experience, and I feel honored to have had the opportunity to help get this chapter established.

How do you define “feminism”?

For me, feminism is about equality and respect for all people, regardless of race, socioeconomic situation, or gender identity. I don’t feel that we all must agree on every aspect of our lives as long as we are truly listening and treating one another with respect, and most importantly lifting one another up to be the best we can be as individuals, women and a society.

Of NOW’s six priority issues, where are you most channeling your energy?

While I feel strongly about all six areas, I don’t feel that we’ll make lasting progress and change until we have constitutional equality. The Equal Rights Amendment has been on the table for so long – it’s time we finally get it on the books!

When you aren’t working towards social change, what do you do for fun in your life?

I have a passion for sewing and teaching others to sew. I also love to hang out with my kids, pugs & friends, challenge myself with strength training, go to shows, hike, and generally take in all that Monroe County and the surrounding areas have to offer.