Divisive campaign rhetoric and the early moves of President Trump’s administration have provoked an overwhelming response from women across the country. Only months into 2017, organizations that train women for political leadership have reported a participation increase in their programs of up to 1,000 percent over previous years. Represent follows two parallel stories of women stepping up for the first time to run for local office across the Midwest: Myya Jones, a 22-year-old recent graduate running for Mayor of Detroit, and Bryn Bird, a produce farmer in rural Ohio fighting for progressive values as township trustee. With behind-the-scenes verité and thought-provoking archival, Represent sets these deeply personal stories of triumph and tragedy against a backdrop of the current women’s movement for equal representation in our democracy.

Issues: Politics