Harriett Woods, Missouri Pioneer, Dies

9 years 7 months 2 weeks ago February 12, 2007 Feb 12, 2007 Monday, February 12 2007 Monday, February 12, 2007 4:47:36 PM CST in News

"There are a number of state representatives and state senators right now who she either recruited or encouraged to run, taught how to run, taught how to raise money but really wanted to focus them on caring about something," said Andrew Woods, one of Harriet Woods' son.

KOMU's Jim Riek spoke with Harriett Woods two years ago about her accomplishments. She didn't consider herself a trailblazer.

"I didn't really think of myself as a pioneer. There had been women who had held office before me elsewhere, just not Missouri," Harriet Woods said.

She just wanted to make democracy accessible to everyone.

"Although I'm seen as advocating more women being elected to office, actually I'm for changing those systems that are barriers to making our democracy really work for everyone," Harriett Woods said in the interview two years ago.

"But no matter how people remember her, she was a mom, and her first focus was always on family, but she had incredible energy to devote to other things that concerned her in society and we were happy and proud to share her with everyone," Andrew Woods said.

Harriett Woods continued to work in politics even after she was done as lieutenant governor. She was in Washington, D.C., in January to see Sen. Claire McCaskill sworn in to office.

Woods is survived by her sister and three sons. A memorial service will be held later this month.

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