The Power of Women in Politics Part 2: Leading Women in Our Community with Lindsey Boylan

Q: What is it about having women in politics that creates a huge impact on their community?

A: Perspective matters.

For instance, we have fewer than 5% of moms with young children in Congress. It is no wonder we don't have plans in place that disproportionately impact women and children like affordable childcare and paid family leave, which winds up giving everyone a lift.

Q: What women in politics currently inspire you to make a change in your community?

A: All of the women who ran for Congress, and won, in the 2018 cycle inspired me.

I looked around at all of my elected officials and realized I was represented by white men at every level of government. Seeing women's success in the last cycle encouraged me to run now.

Q: What are some of the more systemic ways male advocates can make a difference? For example, what kinds of programs or policies might advocates advance, or have you experienced programs or policies that have made a difference for you or would have made a difference if implemented?

A: The number one way men can advocate for women is making room for us at the table.

We need to be part of the decision-making process, that would be better than relying on others to make decisions for us.

Q: What has helped you be a more effective advocate, or what advice would you have for others who want to advocate?

A: Speak up.

For instance, Mental Health is the cornerstone of my campaign platform. It's a subject that people don't like to talk about, which stands to reason why it is not treated on par with physical health, even though it should be. I have been very vocal about my experience growing up in a family that suffered from mental illness and addiction, and my own struggle with postpartum depression. We can't get the help we need unless we speak out on the issues.

Q: Do you believe Inequality hits women the hardest? If so, how can we fix it?

A: Certainly women of color.

which is why we need more diversity in elected offices at every level of government. As I said earlier - perspective matters, representation matters.

Q: Should your election be postponed due to the Coronavirus? If not, what would you recommend?

A: I think we need to evaluate the situation in a few weeks.

Once we have a better handle on how well our response efforts have been in slowing down the outbreak.

Moderator: Alyssa Paolicelli, Reporter at NY1

Panelists: Lindsey Boylan, Candidate for U.S. Congress, NY-10 Guest Panelist

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