Today we continue our #RealGirlLeaders Wednesday series. This fall, 8 passionate and talented young women from the Greater Boston area participated in Boston GLOW's 2nd Annual Girls About Political Participation (GAPP) program. These high school aged female leaders worked on a cross-generational leadership project aimed at decreasing the gender gap in women's political leadership.
The GAPP Girl Leaders each met with a female elected official, shared stories and discussed the importance of women in political representation. Today we highlight Anna Nicole Bosco, a Boston GLOW #RealGirlLeader and participant in the GAPP Program.
Anna Nicole Bosco (Nikki) is from Wakefield and is a senior at Wakefield High School. Last September she met with a
delegation of female leaders from Thailand and in October spent the day with female elected officials in the Massachusetts State House. In her spare time she is a youth leader for the84.org a state-wide anti-smoking coalition.
We asked Nikki a few questions:
Boston GLOW: Who do you see as an inspirational woman?
A woman that really inspires me today is the actress Laverne Cox. She has made amazing progress in the areas of transgender and race awareness by using social media and her Hollywood platform to share her experience and shed some light on the issues often ignored by the media. She is a truly amazing and intelligent woman who focuses on educating people and curing misconceptions. She always astute, but never rude in her comments, unlike many celebrities online. Unfortunately, there are some people in America not quite ready for a powerful transwoman of color, but she handles inappropriate comments with grace and wit.
Boston GLOW: What does it mean to be a citizen?
Being a citizen means much more than being a resident to me. Being a citizen means you understand and exercise your civic duty by being involved in community politics, activism, and service. Many people think they are entitled to a government that will address their every need without having to vote or be active in voicing their opinions in any way. This is simply untrue. We are lucky to live in a country that protects our rights to free speech and ensures the individual influence on the community, so it is simply negligent to not fulfill one's constitutional responsibilities.
Boston GLOW: What questions would you ask a female elected official?
What can average citizens do to prevent government corruption and prejudicial favoritism?
What resources should citizens rely on to receive the most informative, unbiased information on our government?
Boston GLOW: Who are your favorite female political leaders:
Wendy Davis and Elizabeth Warren really inspire me because they truly fight for minority and women's rights in a less-than-progressive Congress. I was so excited that I was able to meet Senator Warren this past summer as part of the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids' annual Youth Action Summit in Washington DC.
We are proud to have Nikki serve as a 2015 GAPP Girl Leader and represent the #RealGirlLeaders of Boston. Do you know any #RealGirlLeaders making a difference? We'd love to highlight them - email firstname.lastname@example.org for detail.