Friday, November 15, 2013

Happy Weekend - What We're Reading Right Now

Happy Friday MWPC Friends!

To celebrate the weekend, we thought we would share with you what we’re reading right now. It’s been a good week for women to make the political news, so here are a few of our top picks.

The Bay State Banner wrote a great article about the top finishes for Ayanna Pressley and Michelle Wu, both endorsed by the MWPC, in the Boston City Council At-Large election just a couple of weeks ago. Not only is it great to have two women topping the ticket in a race that started with 19 candidates, but also to have two women of color is a sign of the changing landscape of the city.

The wants and needs of voters are changing and Michelle Wu worked hard to address those changes along the campaign trail. According to MWPC Executive Director Priti Rao, “We need to encourage more women to run. The success Michelle had with her campaign is a sign to other women it can be done.” Check out the whole article here.

The Dorchester Reporter wrote another great article about the top finishes of Ayanna Pressley and Michelle Wu, but also of the fifth place finish of another MWPC endorsed candidate, Annissa Essaibi-George. While fifth place is not good enough to earn a spot on the Council right now, it does qualify her for a seat should any sitting At-Large Councilor not be able to finish his or her term.

The article also highlighted the work of re-elected Councilor Ayanna Pressley who has worked tirelessly throughout her past two terms to reduce trauma for women and girls. It’s an issue that clearly resonated with the voters; they elected Councilor Pressley to her third term on the City Council. Councilor Pressley also mentioned the fact that having a record to run on is extremely important in a race like this and she is very proud of her record so far on the Council. Check out the whole article here.

Our last pick of the day comes from The Boston Globe’s report on the UMass Boston Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy event “Opening Doors: Women's Political Leadership in Boston.” The event focused on the mayoral run of former candidate, Charlotte Golar-Richie. This was the first time she had spoke publically about the campaign since Election Day and said there were three things she needed in order to make it into the general election in November; time, money and opportunity.

At the end of the day, these aspects of her campaign did not come together in time and she placed third in the preliminary election, jus shy of a top two finish to carry her into the general election. While her election to the top spot in City Hall would have made history as the first female mayor as well as the first mayor of color, her run made it possible for other women to do the same in the future. Check out the whole article here.

Happy reading and happy weekend from the MWPC!