November 16, 2018, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm EST
Participate in special new track at the upcoming 3rd Biennial New England Women’s Policy Conference: Young Women's Political Leadership Track powered by IGNITE.
Hosted at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum at Columbia Point, Boston, MA 02125.
$25.00 tickets for women under 30.
Please use “IGNITE” as the “organization sponsoring you”
Tarana Burke, Founder of the #MeToo Movement
Last year, the simple yet courageous #metoo hashtag campaign has emerged as a rallying cry for people everywhere who have survived sexual assault and sexual harassment – and Tarana’s powerful, poignant story as creator of what is now an international movement that supports survivors is moving, uplifting, and inspiring.
#metoo is not just an overnight hashtag sensation; Tarana has dedicated more than 25 years of her life to social justice and to laying the groundwork for a movement that was initially created to help young women of color who survived sexual abuse and assault. The movement now inspires solidarity, amplifies the voices thousands of victims of sexual abuse, and puts the focus back on survivors.
A sexual assault survivor herself, Tarana works under the banner of The ‘me too’ Movement to assist other survivors and those who work to end sexual violence. She is senior director at Brooklyn-based Girls for Gender Equity. Her work at its core is about lifting up marginalized voices, enabling survivors across all races, genders, or classes to know that they are not alone, and creates a place for comfort and healing to those who have experienced trauma. Follow her movement on Twitter at @metooMVMT and @TaranaBurke.
Morning Plenary: Young and Running
It’s never too early to run for office. Hear from young women who broke glass ceilings by running up and down the ballot to champion causes they care deeply about.
Alexandra "Allie" Curtis, Miss Rhode Island 2015
Alexandra Curtis is currently enlisted in the Rhode Island Army National Guard and works full time as a public affairs specialist. Curtis is a graduate of Syracuse University and holds a Master of Public Affairs from Brown University and Master of Science in Administration of Justice and Homeland Security from Salve Regina University. At Syracuse, she served as student body president and earned distinction for her research in political science. After graduating, she worked in Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen’s Washington, DC office. She served as Miss Rhode Island 2015 and was named a Quality of Life award finalist at Miss America 2016 for her platform “Leading Ladies: Equipping Young Women With the Skills to Lead.” Driven by her dedication to bring young women into fields where women have been historically underrepresented, Curtis gave a TEDxTalk titled “Leading Ladies: Why Representation Matters." Connect with Allie on Twitter and Instagram.
Kesha Ram, former Representative, Vermont House of Representative
Kesha Ram was elected to the Vermont House of Representatives from Burlington at the age of 22, and spent her first few years as the youngest state legislator serving in the country. She led on affordable housing, civil rights, tribal recognition, gun safety, environmental protection, protection for survivors of sexual and domestic violence, and more. In 2018, she graduated from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government with a Master in Public Administration. She has worked for the City of Burlington as the Civic Engagement Specialist and for Steps to End Domestic Violence as the Legal Advocacy Director. She currently serves on the boards of Emerge Vermont, Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, and the Vermont Natural Resources Council. Connect with Kesha on Twitter and Instagram.
Sumbul Siddiqui, Council Member, Cambridge City Council
Sumbul Siddiqui is currently serving her first term on the Cambridge City Council. Sumbul is a long time Cambridge resident and brings her expertise as a legal aid attorney to the Council. She holds a BA in Public Policy from Brown University and a law degree from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. As a Cambridge Rindge and Latin student, Sumbul co-founded the Cambridge Youth Council. Her activism in Cambridge earned her a Cambridge Peace and Justice Award. Sumbul served as an AmeriCorps fellow at New Profit, a Boston nonprofit organization dedicated to improving social mobility for children, families, and their communities. Connect with Sumbul on Twitter.
Session 1: Change the World as a Political Leader
Session 2: Legislative Advocacy as a Political Leader
In 2014, the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy and the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum hosted the first biannual New England Women’s Policy Conference in Boston. This trailblazing event convened a diverse cross-section of stakeholders to chart a regional policy agenda that builds on past successes and breaks new ground in areas where there has been limited or little progress. Their goal is to develop a policy framework that serves to coordinate the efforts of all those who are actively working to increase the economic security of women and their families. This includes stakeholders from the public, private and non-profit sectors.
The time is now to inspire and activate the next generation of women leaders. We invite you to join us as a partner in this worthwhile and energizing community event. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.