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Simmons College Hosts "Status of Women In Mass. Politics" Talk Jan. 23

BOSTON (January 3, 2008) — Amid the backdrop of a national election featuring the first viable woman candidate for president, members of the Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus will discuss the status of women in politics within the Commonwealth in both parties, Jan. 23 at Simmons College.

The discussion, which is open to the public, will be during the MWPC's annual meeting, which takes place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Linda K. Paresky Conference Center at Simmons College, 300 The Fenway in Boston.

The event, co-sponsored by the Simmons Institute for Leadership and Change, also will feature Massachusetts Republican Party Chair Peter Torkildsen and Massachusetts Democratic Party Chair John Walsh.

The Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus is a multi-partisan organization that promotes the participation and involvement of women of all ages in the political process. The organization was founded in 1971 to increase the number of women elected and appointed to public office and public policy positions. For more information, visit

Admission is $40 for non-member pre-registration, $45 non-member registration at the door, $35 pre-registration for MWPC members, and $40 registration for MWPC members at the door. The registration fee is $15 for college students with ID and for women ages 18 and under. Admission is free for Simmons students.

The Simmons Institute for Leadership and Change co-sponsors programs, activities, and resources that help initiate social change for women, raise women's issues to the state and national political level, and reach out to diverse audiences. For more information on Institute events, contact Director Diane Hammer at 617-521-2480.

Due to construction, parking is limited but available on a first-come, first-served basis on the Simmons College campus.  For parking alternatives, visit the college's website.