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Women’s Caucus Chair: Liana Ascolese, UMass Amherst

In addition to being the CDM Women's Caucus Chair, Liana is also the current President of the UMass Amherst Democrats, where she previously held the position of Deputy Political Director. She graduated from UMass this past spring with a bachelor's degree in Political Science, and a minor in Latin Language and Literature, and is currently in the second and final year of an accelerated masters program in Public Policy. Her political involvement began in high school, when she worked as a legislative intern for State Representative Steven Howitt. Recently, Liana has volunteered for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. In her junior year, Liana was a part of the inaugural class of UMass Women into Leadership, a program which provided training for college women interested in careers in public service, where she continues to work with her mentor, Jennifer Nassour, in establishing the Kerry Healey Political Education Series. Women's issues have been the center of Liana's political science education. She has written extensively on both reproductive rights law and domestic violence law, arguing against TRAP laws and in favor of reforming the legal system to be more friendly to victims of domestic violence. She has also supported urging the UMass Board of Trustees to enact the Survivors' Bill of Rights, giving victims of sexual assault the resources and support they need, while making the reporting process easier and more transparent. Liana also successfully petitioned the UMass Police Department to change the wording of their crime reporting emails regarding sexual assault, removing the language which places the burden on women to prevent assault. Liana plans to continue her passion for women's issues in her study of public policy. She dreams of owning an apartment in Washington, DC with at least two dogs and a view of Capitol Hill.

Women’s Caucus Vice Chair: Eleora Pasternack, UMass Amherst

Eleora (Ellie) Pasternack is a senior at UMass Amherst, majoring in Political Science with a concentration on women in politics. She has previously interned for the Violence Policy Center, Congresswoman Katherine Clark, and EMILY's List. Some of her favorite female political figures are Senator Elizabeth Warren, Bella Abzug, Shirley Chisholm, and Cecile Richards.

Events Director: Kathryn Jason, Tufts University ’19

Kathryn is a Political Science major at Tufts with a passion for women’s issues, intersectional advocacy, and public policy. She’s the former Legislative Chair of the Women’s Caucus and a Vice President of her sorority, Alpha Omicron Pi. In addition, she has served as a United States Senate Page, worked as a Fellow on the Hillary campaign, and chaired the Issues of the Future Symposium planning committee with the Tufts Democrats her freshman year. As Events Director, she hopes to increase collaboration between chapters and CDM as a whole, ensure that new and small chapters are given the resources they need, and to create events that empower members to broaden the scope of their perspectives and their activism. . Kathryn is excited to work with the Women’s Caucus this year and to work to further women’s rights in Massachusetts and beyond!

Mission:

The Women’s Caucus promotes women’s advocacy and political activism in Massachusetts and American politics, fighting to ensure that women’s voices are heard. Issues such as equal pay, reproductive justice, access to health care, violence against women, the negative portrayal of women in the media and other challenges facings women are all issues that are addressed by the Women’s Caucus.

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