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Women Mayors in Massachusetts: Making History. Meeting Challenges.

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Published on May 18, 2009

http://www.mccormack.umb.edu/centers/...

On March 11, 2008, The Center for Women in Politics & Public Policy (CWPPP) held an event highlighting the surge in women serving as mayors across Massachusetts. Women now comprise 24% of all mayors of cities in the Commonwealth. The forum featured a panel discussion of seven of the current 11 female mayors and was moderated by New England Cable News Alison King.
Participants included Salem Mayor Kimberley Driscoll, Northampton Mayor Clare Higgins, Weymouth Mayor Susan M. Kay, Gloucester Mayor Carolyn Kirk, Waltham Mayor Jeannette McCarthy, Cambridge Mayor Denise Simmons, and Marlborough Mayor Nancy Stevens. At a time when there is so much focus on gender and race in the presidential campaign, its important to remember Tip ONeills famous quote: All politics is local, said Carol Hardy-Fanta, CWPPP Director. In Massachusetts today, approximately one in four mayors is a woman and, for the first time, we have an African American woman and an Asian American woman serving at the highest level of municipal government. Mayors discussed running for office, governing, family/work balance, and the importance of having women serve in local elected and appointed positions.
The McCormack Graduate Schools Center for Women in Politics & Public Policy (CWPPP) at the University of Massachusetts Boston is the premier center committed to advancing women's participation in the public life of Massachusetts, the New England region, and the nation.

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