“We don’t appreciate our women leaders.”
Jamie Morgan’s leadership is grounded in “meeting people where they are at” and has occurred in the “moments when I’ve had to step up as a leader, turning behind and seeing no one else there.” She defines the story of her life as, “you’re here, do it.”
Jamie’s leadership started while she was still in high school in California while working to combat discrimination, including the Prop 22 Marriage campaign. After the “stars aligned,” Jamie found her way to the Michiana area where she has stepped up to lead on multiple fronts.
Currently enrolled in the Master of Public Affairs program at Indiana University South Bend, Jamie’s goal is to “move past theory into practicality rooted in equity.” Jamie has been instrumental in helping reboot the Freedom Summer experience for students. She has served as trip coordinator and organizer recruiting students. When she realized all those signed up for the trip were women, she helped to refocus it to highlight women’s leadership in the civil rights movement. Jamie’s goal was to help reframe women’s contributions and work to help students better understand “the value of what we refer to as women’s work, which is actually just work that men don’t want to do – feeding people, making copies, taking notes, making sure people know what they are doing – and finding value there.”
Jamie is Director of the Board of Pro-Choice South Bend where she is helping the group “move beyond the pain model of advocacy.” Her focus is on asking “what are the threats on the landscape and how do we combat them?” She also hopes to help others see that the reproductive framework is about women and children” and not just a pro-choice issue. For example, the group has started a campaign to help raise awareness of how housing issues, such as the presence of lead paint in older houses, are a reproductive justice problem.
Jamie is also involved with helping organize and coordinate a new and growing group – the Michiana Social Justice Coalition that grew out the People’s Inauguration. The group’s goal is to help various social justice groups break out of their silos to better effect change through action. For Jamie, this is key because action “is what I need to do.”
Information compiled from oral history collected by the Michiana Women Leaders Project
Jamie was a 2017 CMWL honoree.