November 20, 2012
Simmons Alumna Barbara Lee was the guest of honor at an event celebrating Emerge Massachusetts's 5-year anniversary. Emerge Massachusetts seeks to increase the number of Democratic women in public office through an intensive political training program. Barbara Lee, Emerge's Woman of the Year, is a national leader in advancing women's equality and representation in politics. She founded and leads the Barbara Lee Political Office and the Barbara Lee Family Foundation, which has provided funding to Simmons for the Lee Family Foundation Intern Fellowship Program. For the past six years, over 80 young women have benefited from this mentor-based internship program, which exposes young women to the nuts and bolts of Massachusetts political leadership through practical experience, thereby increasing the number of young women who enter the pipeline of political leadership.
Pictured above: Lee Foundation Interns Molly Bohannon, Carla Moreira Gomes, and Hannah Elizabeth Raiche with Barbara Lee and Associate Professor Leanne Doherty.