Russell Sage Hosts Women in Politics and C-SPAN Bus Tour

September 11, 2013 at 12:46 am


C-SPAN Bus at Russell Sage College

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TROY, NY --- As a women’s college, Russell Sage’s mission is developing students into “women of influence” in the world. On Friday morning, September 13, students – as well as the public – will have two opportunities to learn about women, both past and current, who are influencing politics.

From 9:00 – 10:30 a.m., the 45-foot C-SPAN bus will open its doors to students, faculty as well as the public, on 1st Street, near Bush Memorial Center, at the corner of Congress Street in Troy. An interactive, multimedia presentation center, it includes touch-screen access to C-SPAN’s vast video library, interactive quizzes on American leaders and the political process and ways to connect with C-SPAN via social media. The bus is currently touring the country to promote C-SPAN’s second season of First Ladies: Influence and Image, which begins this fall.

Then, from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m., C-SPAN’s local cable partner, Time Warner Cable, joins Russell Sage College in hosting, “Women of Influence in Politics: A Panel Discussion” at Bush Memorial Center. Three recently-elected state legislators, Hon. Kathy Marchione, Hon. Cecilia Tkaczyk, and Hon. Patricia Fahy, will discuss their own journey into public service and the issues facing women in office. The event will be moderated by political journalist Liz Benjamin, host of YNN’s Capital Tonight. Sage President Susan Scrimshaw will start off the event, also sponsored by the Department of History and Society at Sage.

“Time Warner Cable is delighted to partner with Russell Sage College on the “Women of Influence in Politics” event,” said Gary Withey, area vice president of operations at Time Warner Cable. “From the C-SPAN bus to the panel of local elected female leaders, we believe this is an important educational opportunity.” 

C-SPAN’s First Ladies: Influence and Image episode on October 21 will focus on Eleanor Roosevelt – who has historic ties to Russell Sage College. 

  • In the 1920s, Eleanor Roosevelt gave a speech at a Russell Sage student assembly.
  • In 1929, Sage awarded Roosevelt its first-ever honorary degree, calling her "one of the ablest, most energetic and most versatile women in public life today." Her husband, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, was governor of New York State at the time.
  • In 1941, as First Lady, she returned to Sage for its 25th Anniversary celebration, attending Convocation and presenting honorary degrees.
  • In 1945, Roosevelt was appointed to the Sage Board of Trustees. She resigned a year later, citing her growing responsibilities at the United Nations.

“From Eleanor Roosevelt to the three distinguished state legislators joining us at Friday’s event, Sage enjoys a rich tradition of hosting influential female leaders,” said Susan Scrimshaw, president of The Sage Colleges. “Our history is deeply rooted in fostering Sage students’ commitment to service, and we welcome these distinguished “Women of Influence” to share a rare, intimate conversation about their decision to serve in elected office.”

Friday’s panel discussion is the first in a series of “Women of Influence in Politics” events, which will bring female leaders from different levels and branches of public service, to the Sage campuses. Women currently hold 18% of Congressional seats and 23% of statewide elected offices, while 24% of state legislators are women (source: Center for American Women and Politics).

Among the students attending Friday’s events will be those enrolled in Sage’s new PACE (Public Policy, Advocacy and Civic Engagement) degree as well as its programs in Political Science, Pre-Law, and Criminal Justice. Also represented will be the Helen M. Upton Center for Women’s Studies. Russell Sage offers not only a minor in Women’s Studies, but includes the study of women's lives in the general education curriculum, which at Russell Sage is called WORLD, which stands for "Women Owning Responsibility for Learning and Doing."


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