Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus Hosts National Women's Political Caucus 2017 Biennial Convention
Jul 27, 2017 05:27AM
By Theresa Gilman
BOSTON - Hundreds of women from across the U.S.
are convening in Boston this week as part of the National Women's Political
Caucus' biennial convention to kick off on Thursday, July 27 and run
until Sunday, July 30, 2017 at the Hilton Boston Back Bay
Hotel. The Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus, a non-partisan,
non-profit organization committed to increasing the number of women elected to
public office and appointed to public policy positions, is hosting the four-day
event for NWPC delegates from all 50 states as well as federal, state and local
elected officials and political activists from both parties, which will provide
strategies and information designed to help more women candidates win at the
ballot box in the upcoming 2018 elections.
NWPC's convention, themed "Facing the Future - In It to Win It!", will offer a series of trainings for candidates and campaign leaders and panel discussions on increasing the pipeline of diverse female candidates running for elected office. Among the convention highlights:
- Friday, July 28: Diversity Training 2 pm; MWPC Opening Night Reception with Congresswoman Niki Tsongas; MA Speaker Pro Tempore Pat Haddad; MWPC President Gail Jackson-Blount
- Saturday, July 29: Women of Courage Luncheon, 12:30 pm, to honor women who courageously stand up in the face of adversity and pave the way for other women to do the same. Honorees include: Former Ethics Prosecutor, Department of Justice Hui Chen; Massachusetts Congresswoman Katherine Clark; Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey; Tennessee Senator Sara Kyle; National activist and Women's March President Tamika Mallory
- Sunday, July 30: Gubernatorial Brunch panel discussion featuring Massachusetts Governor and MWPC Good Guys recipient Charlie Baker, Massachusetts Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, Connecticut Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman, and Georgia Gubernatorial Candidate Stacey Abrams.
"We are glad to host the National Women's Political Caucus as it provides a valuable opportunity for us to help train the next generation of women seeking elected office," said Gail Jackson- Blount, MWPC Board President. "Here at home, the MWPC is on track to endorsing a record number of women candidates running for municipal office in Massachusetts, and we look to build on this energy and enthusiasm. We look forward to connecting these candidates to resources they need, and to national and local leaders who are actively working to promote the important goals of political parity in Statehouses and City Halls across America."
According to NWPC President Donna Lent, "We are excited to hold our convention in Boston. Since the 2016 presidential election, the NWPC has seen an outpouring of interest in women running--both for local office this year and many more for next year's state and federal races. We are encouraged that more women are determined to make a difference in their communities. The NPWC wants to empower these women with the tools they need to go home and seek an elected office and help their communities."
The Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus (MWPC) is a nonpartisan organization committed to increasing the number of women elected to public office and appointed to public policy position. The Caucus seeks to civically engage women of all ages in the political process through events, programming, and workshops. Caucus members include a diverse group of women including the political, healthcare, biotech, academic, business, corporate and non-profit communities. The MWPC offers programs that strive to increase the interest of women in the political process and helps them to be successful in the political arena. Visit MWPC at www.mwpc.org.
The National Women's Political Caucus (NWPC), founded in 1971, is a national, multi-partisan, grassroots membership organization dedicated to identifying, recruiting, training and supporting women candidates for elected and appointed office. For more information about NWPC and to register for the convention, click here.