Meet three Democratic female candidates who are all challenging male incumbents in Massachusetts races. We'll get to hear directly from the candidates - what their experiences have been running for office so far, what it's like being an outsider within a party, running for office, & much more.The panel will be moderated by Diane Hessan, who will deftly blend a meaningful conversation of politics, business, tech, & gender. We'll also provide you with the opportunity to register to vote & share how you can set up your own voter registration drive!
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Please note, primaries are being held on September 4... get out & vote & if you're not registered, please register by August 15! You can find more information here.
Ayanna Pressley- Running for MA 7th Congressional District against incumbent Mike CapuanoAn At-Large member of the Boston City Council, Ayanna made history as the first person of color at the top of the ticket when first elected in 2009.Ayanna's political career spans more than 18 years, in various behind-the-scenes capacities at the federal level of government. During her time in office, she created & chairs the City Council's Committee on Healthy Women, Families, & Communities, which is devoted to the causes that she has always cared deeply about: stabilizing families & communities, reducing & preventing violence & trauma, combating poverty, & addressing issues that disproportionately impact women & girls. Ayanna has earned local & national attention for her efforts to provide pathways to graduation for pregnant & parenting teens, ensure Boston high school students receive comprehensive sexual health education, diversify economic & wealth building opportunities for women & people of color, & strengthen support services for families of homicide victims & sexual assault survivors. In 2013, she formed the Elevate Boston coalition to ensure issues uniquely impacting women & girls & the LGBTQ community were part of the 2013 Boston mayoral race debate. Ayanna is determined to advance a political agenda focused on women & breaking the cycle of poverty & violence. Pressley is committed to working in partnership with the community to build broad & diverse coalitions to advance policy reform.
Brianna Wu- Running for MA 8th Congressional District against incumbent Stephen LynchBrianna is forging a bold path forward in her commitment to single-payer healthcare, income equality, & solutions for climate change. Brianna was, & continues to be, a major target of abuse & harassment, most famously inGamergate. A fierce advocate for women's rights & technology issues such as cybersecurity & privacy, she chose to run for office because she believes that people want leaders that will take on the NRA, stand up to the extreme Right-Wing, & address the most pressing issue our nation faces - economic inequality.
Sam Hammar- Running for MA State Senate, 5th Middlesex District against incumbent Jason LewisHaving experience with tech & government, Sam is uniquely qualified to serve in the State Senate. She believes that it's time to get the progress that working families deserve. An advocate for women & families,Sam is an experienced public servant who believes that the State House should prioritize the economic crises that are crushing Massachusetts: affordable housing, child & senior care, & student debt.
Moderator: Diane HessanDiane is the founder of C Space (formerly Communispace), former CEO of Startup Institute, Board Member of several companies, organizations, & institutions, & has most recently applied her passion for market research & appreciation for diverse opinions to seek common ground solutions to pressing problems in the current political climate. She has been a featured speaker at many conferences over the years, as well as a guest on national news programs such as CNN, CNBC, & NBC Nightly News.
Agenda:6:00pm-6:30pm - Registration & mingling6:30pm-8:00pm - Panel8:00-8:30pm - Wrap up & mingling
Appetizers & drinks will be provided!
Brianna Wu - Boston GlobeAyanna Pressley - EssenceSam Hammar - Friends of Sam Hammar