Despite New York's reputation as a progressive city, on the local political level at least, the future looks far from female. By the end of 2017, the New York City Council’s 51-member body could have fewer than 10 female representatives, a sharp drop from 18 women in 2009. So what will it take to reverse this trend and achieve gender parity in politics? A distinguished panel of veteran and current New York politicians will discuss their visions and strategies for getting—and keeping—women in public office, both locally, regionally, and nationally.

This is the first is a series of events hosted by the Museum of the City of New York inspired by their upcoming exhibition Beyond Suffrage: A Century of New York Women in Politics, opening October 11th. 

This program will feature a distinguished panel of veteran and current New York politicians focusing on visions and strategies for getting and keeping women in office. Panelists include: 

  • Carol Bellamy, former New York State Senator and former President of the New York City Council

  • Letitia James, New York City Public Advocate (pending availability)

  • Melissa Mark-Viverito, Speaker of the New York City Council (pending availability)

  • Christine Quinn, former Speaker of the New York City Council

  • Ronnie Eldridge (moderator), activist, former politician, and host of Eldridge & Co. on CUNY TV 

Reception and Exhibition viewing will follow.  $25 for adults | $20 for seniors, students & educators (with ID) | $15 for Museum members. Includes Museum admission. Buy your tickets online here

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