Ayanna Pressley, Michelle Wu Join UMass Boston Experts to Discuss New Book

Office of Communications | February 27, 2017
Ayanna Pressley, Michelle Wu Join UMass Boston Experts to Discuss New Book

UMass Boston's McCormack Graduate School is hosting a discussion on Monday, March 6, on a new book, Contested Transformation: Race, Gender, and Political Leadership in 21st Century America, coauthored by McCormack Senior Fellow Carol Hardy-Fanta. Hear how gains in political leadership and influence by women and men of color holding elected office are transforming the American political landscape, but have taken place within a contested political context, one where struggles for racial and gender equality continue.

Hardy-Fanta will join Boston City Council President Michelle Wu, Boston City Councilor At Large Ayanna Pressley, the first woman of color elected to the council, Professor of Political Science Paul Watanabe, and Director of the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy Ann Bookman for the discussion.

The event kicks off at 6 p.m. in Room 3540 in the UMass Boston Campus Center.

The discussion will focus on key findings from the book including that:

  • Gains in political leadership and influence by women and men of color holding elected office are transforming the American political landscape, but struggles for racial and gender equality continue.
  • Women of color are driving the increase in the number of women and people of color overall holding elected office today -- at all levels of government.
  • 96% of all elected officials in this country serve at the local level; these officials oversee budgets of more than $1 trillion a year.

The event is sponsored by the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies and the Center for Women in Politics & Public Policy at UMass Boston.

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