March is Women’s History Month, and in celebration of the many extraordinary women who have impacted history, we are sharing some features about inspiring women we greatly admire.
“ … I’ll be fierce for all of us, our planet, and all of our protected land.”
– Deb Haaland
Who: Deb Haaland, newly confirmed Secretary of the Interior under the Biden administration
Country of Origin: United States
About: Representative Deb Haaland was born in AZ in 1960. Her family is from New Mexico, and Representative Haaland considers herself a 35th generation New Mexican and is a member of the Pueblo of Laguna. She was the first Native American woman elected to lead a state party and spent her time in congress advocating for environmental justice and policies affecting families.
Why we’re inspired: Secretary Haaland has held many roles: single mother, advocate, representative, entrepreneur, and now Secretary of the Interior. Haaland ran her own salsa company in New Mexico, where she raised her child. She is the first Native American secretary of the interior and has bold plans for public lands and fighting climate change during her time in office. Haaland’s historic nomination to the secretary of the interior has been widely celebrated by tribal groups, who have historically been most harmed by the departments.
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