Newsletter

Stay up to date with the latest from MAKERS delivered straight to your inbox. Sign up for new stories from trailblazing women, a big dose of inspiration, and exclusive MAKERS content.

Newsletter Confirmation

Thank you for joining! Please check your inbox for our special welcome letter
with exclusive updates from MAKERS.

MAKERS Moment

Setting the National Agenda

Setting the National Agenda

More From Kirsten

In this video

Tagged as

With only 17% of congress made up by women, Gillibrand wonders how we can entice more women to enter or engage with politics.

Kirsten's Biography

Homegrown: She grew up outside of Albany, in the same district she represented as Congresswoman.
Role Models: Her mother and grandmother
Moment of Inspiration: Hearing Hillary Clinton's famous remarks at the U.N. 4th World Conference on Women in Beijing, in 1995.
Eastern Influence: She majored in Asian Studies at Dartmouth, and is functionally fluent in Mandarin Chinese.

Kirsten Gillibrand is a United States Senator from New York and a member of the Democratic Party. Prior to her career in politics, she worked as a securities lawyer in New York City for more than a decade. As a member of a politically active family, Gillibrand wanted to have a voice in politics, and decided to leave her Manhattan job to work in Washington D.C. as Special Counsel for Andrew Cuomo, then-United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under the Clinton Administration.
Gillibrand decided to run for office in Albany, and was twice elected to the United States House of Representatives (2007-2009). In her first congressional election, she won against the four-term incumbent, John E. Sweeney, receiving 53% of the vote. When President Barack Obama appointed Hillary Rodham Clinton as Secretary of State, Governor Paterson appointed Gillibrand to this seat in the U.S. Senate. Gillibrand was required to run a special election in 2010, winning with 63% of the vote. Her most recent campaign, ""Off the Sidelines,"" encourages women to make an impact in politics through voting, advocacy and running for office.

Related Videos

Lauren Bush Lauren
Lauren Bush Lauren
Global Nutrition Advocate

Lauren Bush Lauren is the CEO, Creative Director and Co-Founder of FEED Projects LLC, with a mission to create good products to help feed the world. In 2004, she was an Honorary Sp...

Guo Jianmei
Guo Jianmei
China's First Public Interest Lawyer

Guo Jianmei is a human rights activist, lawyer and founder of the Women’s Legal Research and Services Center. Born into a family of peasants in 1960, Jianmei witnessed severe...

Christy Haubegger
Christy Haubegger
Founder, Latina Magazine

Christy Haubegger is the founder of Latina magazine, the first of its kind. Born to a Mexican-American mother and adopted by a "tall blond family" at a very small age, Ha...

Joan Ganz Cooney
Joan Ganz Cooney
Co-Founder, Sesame Workshop

A founder of the Sesame Workshop and co-creator of Sesame Street, Joan Ganz Cooney knew that educational television was her calling the moment she walked into Channel 13. Born and ...