Momentum: Remaking the Women’s Political Contract

MON, JUN 27, 2022 (1:17:07)

Pandemic-weary and frustrated by the lack of equitable representation in government, women are challenging the status quo in Massachusetts politics.

In this a bold conversation about political culture and public policy, leaders of a diverse group of women’s organizations gather to chart a new course.

GBH News reporter Saraya Wintersmith leads a discussion with panelists, asking, What do we need our state’s government to do differently? How do we create a more equitable Commonwealth?

Our featured guests include:

  • Sasha Goodfriend, Executive Director of MassNOW

  • Diana Hwang, Founder and Executive Director of the Asian American Women’s Political Initiative

  • Dr. Laurie Nsiah-Jefferson, Director of the UMass-Boston Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy

  • Dawne Shand, President of the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus

  • Rosario Ubiera-Minaya, President and Executive Director of Amplify Latinx

  • Saraya Wintersmith, moderator.

+ BIO: Rosario Ubiera-Minaya

Rosario Ubiera-Minaya is a leader, community activist, and social entrepreneur originally from the Dominican Republic. She has experience working and advocating for systemic change, social justice, and equity, on behalf of the Latinx community, in the areas of education, housing, voter engagement, public health, and the arts.

Rosario is the Executive Director of Amplify Latinx, a non-partisan, collaborative movement whose mission is to build Latinx economic and political power by significantly increasing Latinx civic engagement and representation in leadership positions across sectors.

+ BIO: Dawne Shand

Dawne Shand grew up in Alabama’s Black Belt and attended Selma’s public schools during their first two decades of integration. Since then, she has lived and worked in Nice, London, and Boston.

Her essays are published in Southern Cultures, Scalawag, The Georgia Review, and Kenyon Review. After managing a Congressional campaign in 2020, she began serving as president of the board for the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus.

+ BIO: Diana Hwang

Diana Hwang is the Founder and Executive Director of the Asian American Women’s Political Initiative (AAWPI), the country’s only political leadership organization for Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) women. In 2020, Diana was the first Political and Organizing Director for She the People, a national network of women of color working to transform our democracy.

Diana was profiled as “one of Boston’s most powerful thought leaders” in Boston Magazine for her work and has been a featured speaker at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C. and at several colleges, including Wellesley College, Northeastern University, Dartmouth College and Salem State University where she gave the annual convocation address.

Diana was a former candidate for the Massachusetts State Senate. She carried the city of Boston and outraised her seven opponents in the race. Diana graduated from Dartmouth College and Columbia Business School.

+ BIO: Dr. Laurie Nsiah-Jefferson

Graduate Program Director, Gender, Leadership, and Public Policy Graduate Certificate
Director, Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy

+ BIO: Sasha Goodfriend

Sasha Goodfriend is a community organizer, curating feminist & queer experiences through partnerships with statewide government, community organizations & creatives alike. She works to advance this mission through her roles as Executive Director of the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Organization for Women (Mass NOW), a consultant with the Boston Tenant Coalition and Our Bodies Ourselves and serves as a board member with the Transgender Emergency Fund and member of Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth.

Sasha graduated with a B.A. from the Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University majoring in International Relations with a minor in Women, Gender & Sexuality studies and received her Masters in Public Policy from Simmons University.

MassNow website

+ BIO: Saraya Wintersmith

Saraya Wintersmith covers the Boston neighborhoods of Dorchester, Mattapan, and Roxbury. Before joining WGBH News, she worked as a statehouse reporter, producing radio and television stories for WCVE in Richmond, Va. Saraya lives in Boston, and holds a journalism degree from Howard University.

Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus