It’s rare when someone can truly be called a pioneer, but Koryne Horbal was certainly that.
A passionate feminist, Horbal was the first woman elected to a top leadership position in the Minnesota DFL party. She was the founder of the DFL Feminist Caucus, worked on numerous state and national political campaigns and was appointed by then-President Jimmy Carter to be a United States Representative to the United Nations.
As her early mentee and lifelong friend Rosie Rocco tells it, Horbal championed women’s rights through building networks, coalitions and constituencies.
“Politics for her was about relationships, relationships, relationships,” Rocco said.
Horbal passed away on May 15. She was 80 years old. As part of an occasional series, Parting Thoughts, MPR’s Cathy Wurzer spoke with Rocco about her friend’s contributions to women in politics.
A memorial will be held for Horbal on June 29 at Augsburg College.
Click the audio player above to hear interview.