Taylor Hirth is a freelance writer, public speaker, and dedicated advocate for survivors of sexual violence. Her work has appeared in the Huffington Post, Mic.com and The Kansas City Star. She has been a voice for change since coming forward in 2015 to publicly shed light on the culture of harassment at the Missouri State Capitol. She currently serves on the speaker’s bureau with Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault, and as a survivor voice on the Missouri Sexual Assault Response Team where her story has helped initiate a statewide audit of the rape kit backlog, and helped guide the development of trauma-informed training for law enforcement. She is a 2018 recipient of the Visionary Voice award from the NSVRC. She received her undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Missouri- Kansas City, and currently works at Lockton.
Kids can finally get vaccinated. This is how we know it’s safe | Opinion
By: Taylor Hirth - November 9, 2021
Back in June, with the prospect of my 8-year-old daughter returning to full-time, in-person schooling fast approaching, I took the opportunity to enroll her in the pediatric Pfizer vaccine trial. While there was only a 50% chance of her receiving the vaccine vs. a placebo, I figured that 50% was better than nothing. As a […]
My daughter is enrolled in Pfizer’s vaccine trial because I don’t trust COVID
By: Taylor Hirth - July 20, 2021
On a sunny Wednesday a little over a month ago, my 7-year-old daughter bravely held my hand as we walked into Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City to participate in a pediatric vaccine trial. After a numbing agent, a blood draw and a nasal swab, she was finally injected with either a placebo or the […]
How do you move forward after an insurrection?
By: Taylor Hirth - June 17, 2021
It’s been more than six months since the Jan. 6 insurrection, but it feels like it took place yesterday. And I’m concerned about what lies ahead. In the isolation of the pandemic, much of our political discourse has moved from the public square to the more anonymous comment section. What does that mean for our […]
As a former Missouri Capitol intern, the latest scandals come as no surprise
By: Taylor Hirth - March 1, 2021
The news of another controversy surrounding a legislator’s alleged misconduct toward a subordinate in the Missouri Capitol comes as no surprise. While I don’t know Rep. Wiley Price, or the intern he denies having sex with, this type of scandal has become almost cliche. Jefferson City has always been a boy’s club. Look back at […]
Watching history unfold through my daughter’s eyes
By: Taylor Hirth - February 8, 2021
When I asked my 7-year-old daughter what she thought of the inauguration, she told me, “it was fine.” Filled with hope and excitement, I pressed her further, trying to unearth some recognition of the historical nature of last month’s events. I asked if she understood how significant it was that we have our first female […]