On October 24, 2017, DWC members attended a NOW-NYC panel discussion featuring some of the most exciting young women of color who are challenging the status quo in New York City politics today. To learn more, please read the recap of the discussion below.
Thanks to all who came out for an inspiring discussion with four badass women: Amanda Farias, Pia Raymond, Alison Tan, and Marjorie Velázquez. We learned about the successes and challenges of running a City Council campaign, and covered topics including how to fundraise, build your platform, and combat sexism on the campaign trail.
Now more than ever, we need women's voices represented in government. There are only 13 women on the New York City Council, and that number is dropping down to 12 after the general election. This is why we need to fight back locally. New Yorkers must make change at the ballot box by holding our elected officials accountable, empowering women leaders and encouraging more women to run for office.
For a full Twitter recap of the event click here.
There are still two women running in competitive races for City Council, and they need your help for the general election on Tuesday, November 7th! If you're ready to step up and help elect more women to office, here is your chance to volunteer.
Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (Queens):
Contact Aaron Siegel at email@example.com or (917) 952-9143.
Councilwoman Margaret Chin (Manhattan):
Email Gigi Li at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interested in running for office? Check out our comprehensive list of programs that provide women with training on how to run for office in New York State.
Looking for political leadership programs and activities for girls ages 5-17? Check out our resource page geared for young women.
Looking to support women of color running for office? See Women of Color for Progress, a multi-strategy political organization that strives to elect women of color to public office and create a pipeline of women of color political leaders. Check out their guide to being an ally.