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Working Moms Organize To Influence Direction Of Idaho Legislature

Roam Yocham
Boise State Public Radio


After Idaho House lawmakers rejected a $6 million federal grant to support child care and pre-k education last week, a group of mostly women gathered at the statehouse steps to protest. The measure failed by two votes last week, but it could be taken up again and passed through the legislature if enough lawmakers change their minds.


Emily Walton and Hannah Sharp are two of the Boise women who organized last week's protest. They spoke with Idaho Matters about why they think legislators should accept this federal grant, and why it matters to Idaho families.

Gemma is the host of Idaho Matters, Boise State Public Radio's daily show which broadcasts live Monday-Friday at noon. She is an award-winning journalist and has spent the majority of her broadcasting career in Idaho. Gemma was a television news anchor and reporter in Boise for close to 15 years. She came to Boise in 1999 to start Fox 12.