UPDATE MARCH 6, 2018
THIS EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE UNLESS TOWN BUILDINGS CLOSE OR POLICE ADVISE STAYING OFF OF ROADS AS A RESULT OF WEATHER.
As Winchester prepares to vote on whether to change the name of the Board of Selectmen to a gender-neutral Select Board, this panel discussion will explore the unique challenges facing women in public service, from questioning their own qualifications, balancing home and civic responsibilities, and how things have changed over time.
Please join us for a panel presentation exploring the experiences and perspectives of five women who have served in local government, and other leadership roles, over the past 35 years:
- What are the unique challenges that women in public service face?
- How can office holders, voters, and all members of the public, work to create better support systems for women serving the public?
- Have things changed and what can we learn from the perspective of time?
About our Panelists
Senator Patricia Jehlen has served in the state senate since 2005 and was a state representative for 15 years. She represents Winchester precincts 4–7, serving as Senate Assistant Majority Leader, Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Marijuana Policy, Chair of the Special Senate Subcommittee on Education, Senate Vice Chair of the Joint Committee on Education, and Senate Vice Chair of the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development.
Judie Muggia trained as an obstetrical nurse, working in Boston, Winchester, Connecticut and as clinical director for the Planned Parenthood clinic in Albuquerque NM. After settling in Winchester, Judie served in Town Meeting for eighteen years, on the finance Committee for two years and the Select Board for six years, including a year as chair. Judie was a founding director of the Winchester Chamber of Commerce which awarded her their Citizen of the Year award in 1992.
Soumya Ganapathy, MD is a physician board certified in integrative medicine and emergency medicine. She is an emergency room doctor in Beverly and owner of a new practice, Winchester Vibrant Health, which includes conventional and integrative therapies. She ran for Town Meeting Member in spring of 2017 as a direct reaction to national politics, and she represents Precinct 2.
Winchester High School junior Maddie Hamilton is an active member of the Winchester Girl Scout Ambassador Troop and has served as a Girl Delegate at the 54th National Council Session in October 2017.
Isabella Ma graduated from Winchester High School in 2017 and worked on the Elizabeth Warren campaign before she was old enough to vote. She now attends Tufts University where she is a Senator on the Tufts Community Union Senate, a member of Tufts Debate Society, and serves on several committees.
This panel discussion is presented by Winchester Multicultural Network (WMCN), Winchester League of Women Voters (WLWV) and Winchester Inclusive Network (WIN)