Gina Raimondo on Principles & Values



To young women: look within; summon courage to lead

So, to all the young women out there, I want to leave you with their words. Look within yourself, and summon the courage to lead. There will be plenty of times when you're unsure. In those moments, we need you to push aside your doubt and fear, and to say yes. Know that you can be anything you want to be. You are strong and smart and capable. And I'm looking forward to the day when one of you is our governor.
Source: 2021 State of the State Address to Rhode Island legislature , Feb 3, 2021

Remove "Providence Plantations" from state documents

The state commonly known as Rhode Island is still officially named "Rhode Island and Providence Plantations," but the last three words of the phrase won't appear on state documents going forward. The reasoning, as Gov. Gina Raimondo explained at a news conference, is that "plantation" is suggestive of slavery. "We can't ignore the image conjured," she said.
Source: The Week newsmagazine on 2018 Rhode Island Governor race , Jun 25, 2020

Granddaughter of Italian immigrants; lifelong Rhode Islander

A lifelong Rhode Islander, Gina grew up in Smithfield in a tight-knit Italian American family, the youngest of Joseph and Josephine Raimondo's three children.

Gina's grandfather arrived in Rhode Island from Italy when he was 14 and learned English studying at the Providence Public Library. Her father Joseph, a World War II Navy veteran from a family of butchers, was the first in the family to attend college, then worked for 26 years at Bulova watch factory in Providence until the company moved his job overseas. Growing up, Gina rode a RIPTA bus to school at La Salle Academy and spent weekends at her favorite beach, Sand Hill Cove--where she and her husband Andy now take their two kids Ceci, 13, and Tommy, 11.

Source: Vote-USA.org on 2018 Rhode Island Gubernatorial incumbents , Oct 3, 2018

Your family and faith will always be there

People often ask me "What's the thing that you're most proud of?" and I always answer, "my two children." As you guys grow up, always remember that your family and your faith will sustain you no matter the challenges you may face. Tough times and good times come and go, but your family and faith will always be there. So, don't forget to begin and end each day with your prayers!
Source: Time magazine on 2018 Rhode Island Gubernatorial race , May 4, 2016

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