Alicia Roth Weigel is an activist working to improve the landscape for marginalized populations through her firm, Intrepida Strategy. She is a hu

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Alicia Roth Weigel is an activist working to improve the landscape for marginalized populations through her firm, Intrepida Strategy. She is a human rights commissioner for the City of Austin and a member of Collective Speakers bureau, and her work is featured in the film Every Body, directed by Academy-Award nominated filmmaker Julie Cohen, and her forthcoming memoir Inverse Cowgirl. Find her on Instagram at xoxy_alicia.

She’d been asleep, of course. It was a desperate moment, though, and I needed my mentor. Despite the hour, Wendy took my call and listened as I laid out the plan I’d frantically hatched over the past few hours. She was no stranger to pulling stunts to make “good trouble” — having once filibustered for 13 hours straight to help kill a bill that would have restricted abortion access across Texas, which made her the stuff of feminist legend — and she gave me her stamp of approval. But at the end of our call, she gave me one suggestion too: “I think you should try to look as feminine as possible when you walk into that committee room,” she said. “I know you don’t wear makeup, but maybe throw on a bit of lipstick, a killer dress and some power heels.”

“That way when you take the dais, all those old legislators’ minds will be wandering — we know some of them have even tried to hit on you before — and it will really throw them for a loop when you drop the fact that you were, you know, born with balls.”

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