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Gender and Politics: Keynote Conversation with Laphonza Butler and Maura T. Healey

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Join us for a keynote conversation and Q&A with California senator Laphonza Butler and Massachusetts governor Maura T. Healey. Butler and Healey will discuss their perspectives on gender and politics, focusing on both systemic issues and personal experiences. In an intimate, conversational setting, they will talk about attaining and holding office; the role of the media; supporting community, families, and young people; and being, at times, the only woman in the room.

Laphonza Butler is a lifelong advocate for women and working people and has been engaged with politics for decades, including her efforts as a labor organizer and president of SEIU Local 2015, representing nursing home and home-care workers; leadership of the SEIU CA State Council; work as a political strategist on state and national campaigns; and presidency of EMILYs List, the nation’s largest organization dedicated to electing women to public office. Appointed to the United States Senate in 2023, she is the first openly LGBTQ person to represent California in the Senate and the first Black lesbian to openly serve in Congress. Her priorities as senator “are fighting for the American worker, the fundamental freedoms of all people, and the future that our next generations deserve.” Senator Butler is a proud graduate of the historic HBCU, Jackson State University.

Maura T. Healey is the 73rd governor of Massachusetts and the first woman and first LGBTQ+ person to be elected to the position. She is committed to making Massachusetts more affordable, competitive, and equitable. In her first year in office, she signed into law Massachusetts' first tax cuts in 20 years, including an expanded child and family tax credit. She has also introduced a historic housing bill, invested heavily to make child care more affordable and accessible for families, protected reproductive rights, appointed the nation's first cabinet-level climate chief, made community college free for students aged 25 and older, and made universal school meals permanent. Governor Healey previously served two terms as Massachusetts Attorney General. She is a graduate of Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges and Northeastern University School of Law and played professional basketball in Austria.


The conference agenda is subject to change and may be updated periodically.

Thursday, April 25, 2024

4 PM  

Tomiko Brown-Nagin, dean, Harvard Radcliffe Institute; Daniel P.S. Paul Professor of Constitutional Law, Harvard Law School; and professor of history, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences 

4:10 PM         
Keynote Conversation

4:55 PM              
Audience Q&A

5:15 PM                     
Close of program


Free and open to the public.

We are planning "Gender and Politics: Keynote Conversation with Laphonza Butler and Maura Healey" as a hybrid program.

Join Us in Person

To attend in person, each individual will need to register.

Join Us Online

To view this event online, each individual will need to register via Zoom.

For instructions on how to join online, see the How to Attend a Radcliffe Event on Zoom webpage.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation e-mail containing a link and password for this meeting.

Live closed captioning will be available for the webinar.

This event is cosponsored by the Women and Public Policy Program at Harvard Kennedy School.

Harvard Radcliffe Institute gratefully acknowledges the Perrin Moorhead Grayson and Bruns Grayson Dean's Leadership Fund for Academic Ventures, which is supporting this event.

See "Gender and Politics: Navigating Power and Perception” for event information on the full-day conference on Friday, April 26, 2024.

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