GMA’s Michelle Jenney with activist Gloria Steinem

“And because it [slavery] is a political subject, it has often been tauntingly said, that woman has nothing to do with it. Are we aliens, because we are women? Are we bereft of citizenship, because we are the mothers, wives, and daughters of a mighty people? Have women no country, no interests staked in public weal, no liabilities in common peril, no partnership in a nation’s guilt and shame?”

At a sold-out event in Boston on October 7, 2013, “How Women Become Political,” guest speakers revealed how they were inspired to engage in politics whether as activists, campaign volunteers, or candidates for office.  Held to commemorate Angelina Grimke’s speech, the event was also an occasion to inspire girls and women to follow Grimke’s example.

Each of the speakers and panelists took a different path in to politics.  Hear these remarkable women speak of their experiences on a webcast from the event.

* Gloria Steinem, feminist, activist, author
* Elizabeth Warren, U.S. Senator from Massachusetts
* Ayanna Pressley, Boston City Councilor at-Large
* Ambassador Swanee Hunt, Chair, Political Parity
* Kerry Healey, President, Babson College, co-Chair, Political Parity

GMA Foundations’ associate Michelle Jenney was in the audience along with her fellow board members from the Boston Women’s Heritage Trail (BWHT), Marie Turley and Mary Smoyer.  One of the event’s sponsors, the BWHT is committed to chronicling and disseminating information about women who have made lasting contributions to the City of Boston.

Inspired by the event, Michelle Jenney acknowledges the pride she feels as a volunteer for organizations such as the Women’s Heritage Trail, the League of Women Voters and the MIT Women’s Forum. After all, Jenney says, “Steinem’s entre and life’s work in politics has largely been as volunteer.”

To learn more about Angelina Grimke, a white Southern abolitionist and women’s rights advocate, and how she arrived at her historic moment before the state legislature, go to