2017 Young Women to Watch Awards

2017 Young Women to Watch Awards

March 20, 2017, 7 pm – 9 pm
The National Museum of Women in the Arts
1250 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005

Running Start’s 11th Annual Young Women to Watch Awards honored the youngest women in politics! The annual awards dinner also provided programmatic training to 3 of Running Start’s most impressive alums: Lucky Sasiphong, Lizi Xiong, and Sophia Houdaigui. These 3 alums were selected after competing in a nationwide contest to spread the word that every young woman should be able to say #ILookLikeAPolitician.

The Young Women to Watch Awards drew about 400 of Washington, DC’s political elite as guests and about 75% of of the women in Congress joined the Congressional Host Committee. The Awards were hosted in the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC, and we think it was the best party on Capitol Hill!

We heard from Members of Congress (Reps. Yvette Clarke, Barbara Comstock, and Will Hurd), our amazing alum finalists for the competition to become our #ILookLikeAPolitician Ambassador (congratulations to winner Sophia Houdaigui), some of our strongest supporters (including Board Co-Chairs Tasha Cole and Laura Cox Kaplan), and from our Changing the Face of Politics honorees (Tiffany Cross of The Beat and the all-female cast of 1776, who performed the opening number from the show). We paid tribute to long-time Board Member Chris McGowen, who sadly passed away a few weeks before the event. We also shared our powerful #ILookLikeAPolitician video (below), which features our alums and shows why it’s important to change the face of politics.



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