Archetypes: Stacey Newman

 In Culture, Interviews


Since 2009, Stacey Newman has served as Missouri State Representative in District 87 in central St. Louis County. Now in her third term, she is a leader in Missouri’s anti-gun violence movement, women’s reproductive freedom, voters’ rights and equality rights. Previously, she headed the local chapter of the Million Mom March and later served as the Missouri women’s vote director through the Democratic National Committee and executive director of Harriet’s List. Most recently, she cofounded ProgressWomen, a website that empowers women to get politically involved.

What is your current frame of mind? Energized.

When and where are you happiest? Working, and when I’m traveling with my family.

What is your favorite smell? Trumpet lilies.

What is one word that describes you? Passionate.

What did you eat for breakfast this morning? Companion whole wheat toast with jam and Earl Grey tea.

What is your greatest weakness? Impatience.

What trait do you most admire in others? Focus and poise.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I wish I had followed my political interest when I was 18 years old and not let gender discrimination discourage me.

What do you consider your greatest achievement? Being a mother and getting elected to public office.

Which living person do you most admire? Hillary Clinton, because she has been pursuing her passions and utilizing her talents her entire life.

With which historical figure do you most identify? Growing up in an aviation family, I’ve always admired Amelia Earhart.

If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, who or what would it be? A cat, because they have the best lives!

What is your most treasured possession? A frame hanging in my office containing tickets from two separate Democratic National Conventions. The first is from when my late father attended the DNC in Chicago in the 1940s and the second from when I went in 2004.

What is your greatest extravagance? Kakao chocolate and imported cheese.

What is your greatest fear? That I’m not going to be able to get everything done that I want to in the time I have.

On what occasion do you lie? When I need to be diplomatic about something I strongly dislike.

Who are your favorite writers? I read mostly political nonfiction, like “This Town” by Mark Leibovich, but I have always loved stories by the children’s author Robert Munsch.

What artists do you admire most? In college I fell in love with the 7Up ads done by Peter Max and have been a fan of him ever since.

What is your favorite hobby? Reading.

Where would you like to live? Besides here, I’d live in Seattle or Washington, D.C.

Who are your heroes in real life? The late Ann Richards. I had the chance to work with her for just 24 hours, but I learned so much from her in such a short time.

If you could have dinner with one person, dead or alive, who would it be? Abigail Adams.

What’s something interesting that you just learned? That Abraham Lincoln really didn’t respect women.

What are you most looking forward to? My husband and I are traveling to Paris in October. I can’t wait to explore and eat!

What is one thing you wish would happen? I wish Hillary Clinton would announce her intention to run for president in 2016, so I can start working to elect her.

What is one thing you want to do before you die? Visit all 50 capitals in the US.

If you could say something to your younger self, what would it be? To trust your initial dreams, regardless of the obstacles—invest in your true calling in life.




Photo credit: Wesley Law

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