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Mass. Women's Political Caucus' Annual Gathering Hosted by Simmons College

Boston City Councilor at-Large Ayanna Pressley to Speak at 2010 Annual Meeting

BOSTON (January 28, 2010) — Ayanna Pressley, the first woman of color to serve on the Boston City Council in its 100-year history, will speak at the 2010 Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus (MWPC) annual meeting, Feb. 1 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Simmons College in the Linda K. Paresky Conference Center, Main College Building, 300 The Fenway in Boston.  The event is free and open to the public.  

Pressley will talk about her experiences running for city office and the importance of the MWPC during her campaign.  Pressley is a former MWPC board member.  Hosted by the Simmons College Institute for Leadership and Change, the group also will discuss its accomplishments in the past year and establish goals for 2010.  

Pressley grew up in Chicago and moved to Boston to attend Boston University.  Although she never graduated, due to leaving school to work full-time to support her family, she went on to work as Senator John Kerry's political director.  Pressley continues to focus her career in public service, ensuring women and minorities are given equal opportunity to succeed.

The MWPC is a multipartisan organization that promotes the participation and involvement of women of all ages in the political process. The organization was founded in 1971 for the purpose of increasing the number of women elected and appointed to public office and public policy positions.  

Simmons College is a nationally recognized private university located in the heart of Boston.  It offers an undergraduate education for women, and renowned coeducational graduate programs in health sciences, education, liberal arts, social work, library and information science, and communications management, as well as the nation's first MBA program designed specifically for women.