Blondell Reynolds Brown Recalls Her First Days in City Council

By A.D. Amorosi, Antonia DePace, Kristin Detterline and Marni Manko | May 4, 2019 | People

Blondell Reynolds Brown: Councilwoman-at-Large and Majority Whip

I really do believe in taking stops at different milestones and at different intersections in your life. After 20 years in this career space, I’m grateful; I’m thankful, and I want to move on to do something different. Because I also believe we have to pass the baton. I do believe we, as a city, have moved the needle when it comes to women empowerment. It’s not easy being a mom in this world called electoral politics. When I came to City Council in 1999, I was the only woman in Council with a toddler—the only one. I campaigned in 1999 with my 3-year-old daughter on my hip. I took her everywhere I went, and 20 years later, there are now three women in Council with children—two with elementary-aged children. So, times have changed. We could say that more and more women believe that, yes, they can walk on the water; walk on the tightrope backwards with high-heels on, blindfolded—being a mother and a career woman and doing it all with grace and dignity.

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