Angela Steinle

Angela Steinle - 2017 Nominee
Position: Policy Director
Organization: Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice
Current Location: United State, North America
Master of Social Work from University of Oklahoma
Angela Steinle is a volunteer with OCRJ and serves as their Policy Director. She manages our daily legislative tracking list and communicates that with our partners and plays an integral role in organizing around policy initiatives. She is inspiring. – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

When I moved to Oklahoma in 2009, I immediately began searching for a human rights organization for which I could volunteer. Eventually, I found a newly formed grassroots advocacy group - the Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice (OCRJ) - and signed on to be an action committee member. My involvement with the group and with reproductive rights and justice as a whole has strengthened each year. In the 2016 session, I helped track and inform members about state legislation which included bills that would have increased information surrounding sexuality education in public schools. After this, I was selected to be an OCRJ board member. I then went further to become the Treasurer and Policy Director. This past session, I worked to track and lobby on 40 pieces of legislation.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

The well-being of a nation can be measured by first examining how well women and girls are treated by the society. For me, this makes feminism a core component of any strategy to improve our quality of life on this planet and a key component of ensuring that women and girls can achieve equality is through family planning. A political scientist at heart, my passion is for building systems that promote a standard quality of life for all humans and women's rights are at the core of what I do.

Give one or two examples of how you display leadership in your family planning work.:

I serve as the Treasurer and Policy Director for the Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice. In addition, I created Oklahomans for Sex Education, a Facebook page working to increase discussions around sex ed. Together with three other women, I also developed Oklahomans for Paid Family Leave - presenting at multiple conferences and promoting this important policy. I am also working with OCRJ on a new project to begin discussions surrounding faith and reproductive justice across the state.

If you are named a winner of 120 under 40, how will you use this new platform and the $1000 grant to advance your work? :

OCRJ has been wanting to do research to examine the ability of individuals in local jails to access family planning and prenatal/postnatal services. This grant would allow for us to provide a stipend to an intern or compensate a researcher for this work.

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