Alumnae of Women in Politics Program Gather with Founders

McCormack Graduate School | April 19, 2013
Alumnae of Women in Politics Program Gather with Founders

Before the “Evening with Madeleine Kunin” event at which the American politician and former diplomat spoke about her new book, The New Feminist Agenda, alumnae of the Women in Politics and Public Policy Program gathered to network and reminisce.

Betty Taymor, founder of the graduate certificate program which first resided at Boston College, was “swelling with pride” to be there.  In 1971, she conceived and directed the original grant-funded program at Boston College where it thrived for twenty years under her leadership.

She shared some insights chronicled in her memoir, Running Against the Wind: The Continuing Struggle of Women in Politics in Massachusetts, in which she wrote about her own experiences running for office and the reasons for women’s lack of success in breaking through the political glass ceiling in this state.

Next, Elizabeth Sherman, now a professor at American University, offered her reflections on the program she took over from Taymor and moved to UMass Boston to found the new Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy. Sherman called for solidarity among women to “lend a helping hand to younger women to lift them up” and called the participation of women in politics “part of a worldwide movement, a worldwide response to make our world a better place.”

More than 125 students, former and current faculty, and center researchers joined members of the advisory board for this reunion event which also served as a fundraiser for the Polly Logan Fund.

According to alumna Anne Forman who serves as the alumnae coordinator for the Women in Politics and Public Policy Program, “It was wonderful to see Boston College and UMass Boston alums come together on the UMass Boston campus.  Friendships were renewed and women from the classes of 1974-2012 had an opportunity to share experiences and to network.”

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