TROY, NY – The Sage Colleges will host “Women of Influence in Politics” on Monday, October 24, 2016 from 6 to 8 p.m. in Bush Memorial Center on the Russell Sage College campus in Troy.  The panel discussion will focus on roles, challenges and triumphs and is sponsored by the Russell Sage College WORLD Program and the Department of History and Society. WORLD stands for “Women Owning Responsibility for Learning and Doing.”

The discussion will be moderated by Pamela Katz, Professor of Legal Studies and Political Science at The Sage Colleges. Panelists include Carolyn McLauglin, President of the Albany Common Council; Barbara Bartoletti, Legislative Director of the New York State League of Women Voters; Lynn M. Kopka, Russell Sage alumna and Troy City Council member; and Kelly Ryan, Russell Sage alumna and attorney with Hinman Straub.

“Our nation is in the midst of a unique and unprecedented presidential campaign with a strong female leader as one of the nominees for President,” explains Pamela Katz, Professor of Legal Studies and Political Science.  “Russell Sage College prides itself on empowering women and inspiring them to be women of influence and agents of change in their communities. This is a very timely panel and will foster a candid and insightful discussion about women and the challenges and triumphs they face throughout the political landscape.”

The event is free and open to the public.

Members of the media are welcome. Panelists will be available for interviews prior to the panel discussion or at the conclusion of the event to answer questions about the current state of women in politics as well as the upcoming election.

Media Contact: Deanna Cohen, director of external relations, The Sage Colleges,
(518) 244-4593 (O), (518) 598-4927 (C), email: [email protected]


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