Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy Hosting Women’s Networking Event in Worcester
February 24, 2012
Office of Communications
The Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy (CWPPP) at the University of Massachusetts Boston will host an evening event of networking and honoring local women leaders in central Massachusetts on Thursday, March 15.
The special event, “Women Making a Difference in Worcester” will celebrate the city’s political and community leaders. U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz, the first woman and first Hispanic to hold this office in the Commonwealth, is the featured speaker. Honored guests include State Senator Harriette L. Chandler and local women leaders from the Worcester area.
Center director Carol Hardy-Fanta notes, “Worcester has played a pivotal role in women's history. Celebrated firsts include the first national Women's Rights Convention held in Worcester in 1850 and the first woman to serve in a President's cabinet, Frances Perkins who served as Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Secretary of Labor also hailed from the city. Since then, women in Worcester have made a difference in the city, the state, and the nation. It's time that we look not only to the past but to the women today who serve as elected and appointed officials and as community activists.”
Hardy-Fanta, an educator and advocate for women in political office, is pleased to be able to honor the women leaders in Worcester, “At this event, we offer an opportunity for women to network, and share information about the work we do to promote women's leadership, especially through our graduate certificate Program for Women in Politics and Public Policy."
Katie Bilotta, an alumna of the Program for Women in Politics and Public Policy, which is offered through the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, will host the event at 44 Moore Avenue in Worcester from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP here. Prospective students interested in the graduate certificate program are most welcome to attend.
For more information about the event or any of the center’s educational programs or activities, please contact the center at 617.287.5541.
About the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy
The Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy is committed to advancing women's participation in public life. Recognizing the talent and potential of women from every community, and guided by the urban mission of an intellectually vibrant and diverse university in the heart of Boston, we seek to expand the involvement of women in politics and policies that affect them, their families, and their communities. The center offers an on-campus graduate certificate in Women in Politics and Public Policy as well as an online graduate certificate Women’s Leadership in a Global Perspective.