Join us on Zoom for a virtual talk with Betsy Fischer Martin, Emmy-winning journalist, former TV news executive, and current Executive Director of the Women & Politics Institute and Executive in Residence for American University School of Public Affairs; Claudia Cereceda, 2016 graduate of NYU, Liberal Studies and veteran of two presidential campaigns; Brianna Cea, CEO and co-founder of Generation Vote; and Charlotte Alter, a National Correspondent with TIME, and author of The Ones We’ve Been Waiting For.

Women voters may determine who wins the 2020 election. In the 2018 elections, dubbed the “Year of the Women,” 102 women were elected to the House of Representatives and 14 to the United States Senate. While we celebrate the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution, by which some women were given the franchise, women are still substantially underrepresented in elected offices. National surveys of women in the United States reveal that health, gender-based violence, workplace equity, and racial justice are priorities for women across party lines. Gen Z women register higher levels of concern for their personal and economic security than older generations.

Our panelists will discuss these and other trends.

This event is co-produced by NYU Votes, NYU Office of Global Inclusion, Diversity, and Strategic Innovation, the John Brademas Center, Center for Black Visual Culture & Institute of African American Affairs, and Federal Hall: Debate Defends Democracy.

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Betsy Fischer Martin is an Emmy-winning journalist and former TV news executive. Currently, she is the Executive Director of the Women & Politics Institute at American University and a faculty member in the School of Public Affairs, where she teaches courses on campaigns and elections. During her earlier career in television news, she spent 23 years at NBC News serving as the longtime Executive Producer of Meet the Press with Tim Russert and as the Managing Editor of NBC News Political Programming. A native of New Orleans, Fischer Martin did her undergraduate and graduate work at American University in Washington, DC. She is a cum laude graduate of their School of Public Affairs and earned a master’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from the AU School of Communication.

Claudia Cereceda is a 2016 graduate of NYU, Liberal Studies. After graduating, Claudia worked as Special Assistant to the First Lady of the City of New York, the Director of Scheduling for the First Lady and then the Director of Operations in the office of the Mayor of the City of New York. She worked on the National Regional Operations Desk of the Elizabeth Warren for President Campaign. Currently, she is a public policy student at NYU’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.

Brianna Cea, is the CEO and co-founder of Generation Vote, where she educates, mobilizes and connects young people to become agents of change in local electoral and advocacy campaigns through the GenVote Model of Engagement. She is also the Co-Chair of the Let NY Vote Youth Voting Rights Working Group, the largest voting rights coalition in New York State and responsible for passing the first NY voter reform laws in over 100 years. Brianna is a research and program associate at the Brennan Center for Justice, where she focuses on the census and redistricting. Her work has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Atlantic, SCOTUSblog and other outlets. Brianna is also involved with the Roosevelt Institute Alumni Network, where she serves as a Forge Fellowship Mentor, and sits on the Board for OCA-Asian Pacific Advocates NY.

Charlotte Alter is a National Correspondent with TIME, and author of The Ones We’ve Been Waiting For. She covers youth social movements, women in politics, the grassroots left and the 2016, 2018, and the 2020 elections.