Tina Maharath

State Senator, Ohio

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WHY DID YOU CHOOSE PUBLIC SERVICE?

I wanted to be the change I wished to see in the world.

WHAT ARE THE UNIQUE CHALLENGES FACING AAPI WOMEN IN PUBLIC SERVICE?

The lack of representation.

WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR AAPI GIRLS AND WOMEN WHO WANT TO PURSUE A CAREER IN PUBLIC SERVICE?

Speak up and speak out, even if you feel like your voice doesn’t matter.

WHO/WHAT INSPIRES YOU AND WHY?

My parents. They came here as refugees from Laos with nothing but the clothes on their back and each other to chase freedom. Even being faced with socio-economic and cultural disparities, they never let the hardships bring down their American dream.