Simmons Speaks: Women in Politics
The Simmons College community has a long tradition of political awareness and empowerment; we've been educating informed, independent leaders since before women had the right to vote.
It's important to remember how far we've come, recognize how much is still yet to be accomplished, and realize what inspires women and girls to get involved in the political process. That's why Simmons worked with the Grimke Event Committee to present How Women Become Political on Monday, October 7.
The event marked the 175th anniversary of when Angelina Grimke became the first woman in the United States to address a legislative body. Grimke delivered a series of powerful speeches to the Massachusetts state legislature in opposition to slavery. Her courage and convictions have galvanized generations of women. What other trailblazing women inspire our students, faculty and staff? Hear about them in the first video from our new Simmons Speaks series.
Speakers and panelists included:
- Gloria Steinem, feminist, activist, author
- Elizabeth Warren, U.S. Senator from Massachusetts
- Ayanna Pressley, Boston City Councilor at-Large
- Ambassador Swanee Hunt, Chair, Political Parity
- Kerry Healey, President, Babson College, co-Chair, Political Parity
Watch all the speeches, panel conversation, and discussion with the audience.