Despite New York’s reputation as a progressive city, on the local political level at least, the future looks far from female. By the end of 2017, the New York City Council’s 51-member body could have fewer than 10 female representatives, a sharp drop from 18 women in 2009. So what will it take to reverse this trend and achieve gender parity in politics? A distinguished panel of veteran and current New York politicians will discuss their visions and strategies for getting — and keeping — women in public office, both locally, regionally, and nationally.
Reception and exhibition viewing to follow.
- Carol Bellamy, former New York State Senator and former President of the New York City Council
- Letitia James, New York City Public Advocate (pending availability)
- Melissa Mark-Viverito, Speaker of the New York City Council (pending availability)
- Christine Quinn, former Speaker of the New York City Council
- Ronnie Eldridge (moderator), activist, former politician, and host of Eldridge & Co. on CUNY TV
This is the opening program for our upcoming exhibition Beyond Suffrage: 100 Years of Women & Politics in New York (opens October 11, 2017); to view all of the programs in the series, click here.
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Photo credit: Courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons – Melissa Mark Viverito by Metropolitan Transportation Authority of the State of New York, Letitia James by editrixie, Christine Quinn by No Answers, Carol Bellamy from the Global Partnership for Education.
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