North Dakota Women's Network
Renee Stromme is the executive director of the North Dakota Women's Network (NDWN), a statewide women's advocacy organization. Prior to founding the NDWN in 2006, she worked for a domestic violence shelter, a domestic violence legal clinic, and the North Dakota Council on Abused Women's Services with a focus on reducing violence against women on college campuses. While doing this work, she recognized a large gap in North Dakota; there was no advocacy organization that addressed women's equality in a larger context. To fill this need, Stromme worked with other leaders in the state to form the NDWN. Throughout her tenure at NDWN, she has advanced the status of women and girls in North Dakota through communication, legislation and increased public activism, with a policy focus on education, women's economic security, reproductive health and freedom from violence. In April 2015, she was honored by President Obama as a White House Champion of Change for Working Families.