WAVE Makers: For Orange County’s progressive movement, the future is female

In less than two years, WAVE has grown from 21 to more than 600 members, a grassroots, word-of-mouth phenomenon that indicates not only the advance of a vocal progressive movement in Orange County, but that its future is female. In 2016, women and minorities delivered Hillary Clinton the first win in Orange County for a Democrat in a presidential election since 1936. Formed in the wake of her national loss, WAVE began challenging the status quo outside of the anonymity of a ballot box, an act of transparency that risks raising the eyebrows of conservative colleagues, neighbors and even spouses for the chance to change hearts and minds.