Friday, February 20, 2015

Congratulations, Ayanna Pressley!

We are excited to share that former MWPC board member and MWPC endorsed candidate, Ayanna Pressley has been awarded this year's "EMILY's list Rising Star Award"! The Rising Star Award recognizes exceptional women in state or local office with a commitment to community, women and families. As Boston City Councilwoman At-Large, Ayanna Pressley has shown her dedication to improving the lives of women and girls in our community. She will be sworn in on March 3rd at the EMILY's list 30th anniversary gala. Former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, will also be awarded at the gala with the organization's "We Are EMILY" award. Congratulations, Ayanna and thank you for the work that you do in our community!

Here are some interesting facts to know about Ayanna:
  • She is the first woman of color to be elected into the council in it's 100 year history.
  • After her election, Pressley formed a new committee, the Committee on Women & Healthy Communities.
  • Out of 15 candidates in the 2009 election, she was the only female candidate. She was elected with nearly 42,000 votes.
  • Before running for election, she served as John Kerry's Political Director after having worked on his campaign as a senior aide for years.
  • She is a "Big Sister" with the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston.

To learn more about Ayanna, read her biography on the official website of the city of Boston: