After the 2016 election, women are motivated to work for change on both sides of the aisle.

When the 2016 presidential election didn’t go the way they had hoped, dozens of Detroit-area Jewish women not only got mad, they got active.

They formed new advocacy organizations including Fems for Change and local affiliates of Indivisible, a national group. They went to work for Voters Not Politicians, a nonpartisan anti-gerrymandering effort that collected enough signatures to get the measure on the November ballot. Some decided to run for public office.

These women are part of a national phenomenon. The cover story in the Jan. 29 issue of Time magazine was titled “The Avengers” and featured some of the hundreds of women nationwide who are running for office for the first time.


Jordyn Singer, 19, a University of Michigan sociology sophomore from West Bloomfield, had been working on campus to counter sexual misconduct and gender-based violence but felt “disengaged” from politics. That changed when she met Epstein.

“I recognized that Lena was going to contribute many positive things to the GOP community, so I became involved as an intern on her senate campaign over the summer,” Singer said. “I got the chance to attend Michigan Republican conferences and interact with many other GOP members throughout the state. Lena inspired me to want to make great changes in the realms of policy, politics and advocacy.”


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