The Justice (Brandeis University) - Local Politicians Speak About Experiences as Women in Office
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Brandeis Young Democrats board members Eliza Welty ’22 and Alison Hagani ’22 hosted a Women In Politics Panel—a panel of female politicians discussing the experiences, difficulties and importance of women in politics on Friday. The panel was moderated by Renee Korgood ’20.
Four women politicians from the Boston area sat on the panel. Boston City Councilor Lydia Edwards is the first woman of color to represent District One and has spent her time in office focusing on housing displacement and community development, according to the panel moderators. Waltham City Councilor Kristine Mackin PhD ’14 received her doctorate in biochemistry from Brandeis and focuses on environmentally sustainable development and building community among Waltham’s diverse residents. State Representative Tram Nguyenrepresents the 18th district and is the first Vietnamese American woman to serve in the Massachusetts legislature. Before being elected, Nguyen worked as a legal aid attorney representing domestic violence survivors, workers, seniors, veterans, people with disabilities and children. State Senator Rebecca Rausch ’01 spent her time in office focusing on medical leave for parents, quality education and sustainability.
The panel began with Edwards and Nguyen discussing their experience as women of color in politics. “Being a woman of color means you have to work so much harder to get your voice out there and run a campaign that’s authentic to you,” Nguyen explained. Both women stressed the importance of reaching out to friends and mentors who have had similar experiences and working together to amplify each others voices.