White House Author
Executive Director of the 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, Renee worked for a domestic violence shelter, a domestic violence legal clinic, and the ND Council on Abused Women’s Services. 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, Renee worked with other leaders in the state to form the NDWN. This year, NDWN successfully led the efforts in the North Dakota legislature to pass a law requiring reasonable accommodations for pregnant women at work. Over the last nine years, she has worked to advance the status of women and girls in her state through communication, legislation and activism, with a policy focus on education, women’s economic security, reproductive health and freedom from violence.