Thursday, March 21, 2013

Women's History Month: Ayanna Pressley

Ayanna Pressley.  There are no words for her, besides awesome, and every synonym thereof.  I know the punch line we are all tired of hearing, but she has actual middle class roots.  She was raised by a single mother and recognizes that "people thought [she] didn't fit the model of what a candidate in Boston should be." However, that can change, as she alluded to, because "conventional wisdom lasts only until it is no longer conventional."  When she ran for Boston City Council in 2009, she was the only female in a field of 15 candidates, and made history as the first woman of color to serve on the Council since it's formation over 100 years ago.

Councilor Pressley has not only the most amazing resume, including working under Secretary of State John Kerry during his term in office as Massachusetts Senator, but she also backs it up with some pretty amazing work.  With her spot on the City Council she has continued to prioritize the stabilizing of families and communities, combating poverty, domestic and sexual violence, child abuse and neglect, bullying, substance abuse, mentoring, hunger, and homelessness.  Councilor Pressley has served in leadership positions on our  MWPC Board of Directors, the Young Professionals Preventing Child Abuse of the Children's Trust Fund, the UMass Boston Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy, Emerge Massachusetts, Action for Boston Community Development, Inc., and the Young Black Women's Society.  And on top of all that, she is an active Big Sister with the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston.

So what does all this boil down to?  Ayanna Pressley is AWESOME.  As an MWPC intern, I get to see Councilor Pressley on the campaign trail and interacting with her constituents.  She isn't just reading off of some script, but speaking and motivating in a way that only she can.

"My goal is to make sure that the city of Boston works for everybody.  There is a misconception that people get when they hear about women's issues.  But anything that affects women affects an entire family.  They are extremely important."

Join the MWPC to hear her speak at her Annual Women for Ayanna event tonight at the Omni Parker House from 7-8pm, just in time for Women's History Month.  Click Here for tickets.