Beyond the March: Women Leading the Way in Massachusetts
Women have long played a key role as agents of change here in Massachusetts, and today women especially are feeling energized to “do something” to fix political institutions that are widely perceived as broken. Our full-day conference on April 28, 2018, Beyond the March: Women Leading the Way in Massachusetts, brought together elected officials, an historian, political scientist, and citizen activists from across the state to explore lessons from women’s activist past, the key role of women leaders today, and concrete steps we can all take to strengthen our democracy going forward.
Speakers included: Congresswoman Niki Tsongas; Barbara Berenson, author, Massachusetts in the Woman Suffrage Movement: Revolutionary Reformers; Lisa Wong, Deputy Director, Asian American Civic Association, former Mayor, Fitchburg; Ruthanne Fuller, Mayor, Newton; Yvonne Spicer, Mayor, Framingham; Sarai Rivera, City Councilor, Worcester; and Daniel Ziblatt, Professor of Government, Harvard University, co-author, How Democracies Die.
LWVMA 2017 Climate and Energy Solutions Series
The LWVMA Steering Committee for Environmental Action and Advocacy is coordinating the LWVMA Climate and Energy Solutions Series, consisting of five regional forums around the state in collaboration with local Leagues and other organizations. All events are free and open to the public. For more information, click here.
“Assessing Security in An Age of Mayhem,” with Juliette Kayyem
On Feb. 6, 2017, League members turned out by the dozens to hear Juliette Kayyem, former Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs at the Department of Homeland Security, speak about immigration, cybersecurity, and the risks of terrorism at Bentley University. Kayyem currently serves as the Robert and Renee Belfer Lecturer in International Security at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where she is Faculty Director of the Homeland Security Project.
This event was co-sponsored by Bentley’s Valente Center for Arts and Sciences and LWVMA’s Citizen Education Fund.
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LWVMA Forum on Inequality and Political Participation
How is the marked rise in economic inequality affecting civic participation and political expression in the United States? Is the growing gap between the very wealthy and everyone else influencing whose voice is determining political and policy issues? What are the implications of extreme economic inequality for the democratic ideal of “one person, one vote”?
These questions laid the foundation for a timely and lively conversation at the panel discussion, “Economic Inequality and Political Participation — Whose Voice Is Heard?” co-sponsored by LWVMA and Bentley University’s Valente Center for the Arts and Sciences, held on March 19, 2015.
Noah Berger, Executive Director, Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center; Katherine Levine Einstein, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Boston University; and Kay Schlozman, J. Joseph Moakley Professor of Political Science, Boston College were the speakers. Juliet Gainsborough, Associate Professor of Political Science at Bentley, moderated, and Bentley Dean Dan Everett and LWVMA Co-President Anne Borg introduced the event. Audience members participated with penetrating and thought-provoking questions.
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