I was honored to serve as the moderator for a panel of bipartisan women who gathered to discuss “Women in Politics — 2018 and Beyond.” The event was sponsored by Russell Sage College and was widely attended by students and community observers.
Republican New York State Senator Kathy Marchione, Democratic Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy, Niskayuna Republican Town Supervisor Yasmine Syed and Democratic Albany City Councilwoman Dorsey Applyrs spoke about women in government and their own personal experiences. All four discussed the record number of women seeking elected office this year and the challenges faced by female politicians.
There was general consensus around two trends: the increase in women running for elected office is not a one-time event but a trend that we can anticipate increasing; and, women bring unique qualities to the local, state and federal political scene and we need to encourage women from all walks to get involved in elected politics.
I wholeheartedly agree!