Hot Mama Chronicles Recap - State Rep. Edition
These past couple of months have felt like a whirlwind.
I had the pleasure of talking to two amazing women in politics, State Rep. Chynah Tyler and State Rep. Brandy Fluker Oakley. They are young, dynamic and just Black Girl Magic personified.
Rep. Chynah Tyler hails from Roxbury and ran for her seat when she was 26 years old. She ran a successful campaign and was one of two women of color at the time who represented Boston in the House of Representatives, which is 200 members strong. I featured her on the podcast and had her talk about her committee assignments and how she is helping to move the needle for affordable housing. She is also on the Board of Trustees for the Boston Public Library. One of the books she is reading is Getting There & Staying There by Priscilla Douglas. It is such a great read for anyone in leadership working to navigate the working world. You can hear more here on the podcast.
I also had the pleasure of speaking with Rep. Fluker Oakley. She represents my nana's district in Mattapan. She has
a passion for social justice and has worked as an educator, a lawyer and advocate before running for office. Rep. Brandy Fluker Oakley is really passionate for working towards an equitable recovery for the Commonwealth serving on a variety of committees that helps her fix her focus on the needs of her district. The other thing that impacts her deeply is being a woman of faith. She is new to her position having served her district during the pandemic. What has given her hope is the resiliency of her constituents and just the commitment to work with others to inform change. She talks about the power of knowing you are enough and making sure your voice is heard. She offered great advice for women, who are interested in running for office. She supports The Political Lab, an incubator established by City Councilor Julia Mejia and others to help women of color to run for various offices.
I was so honored to speak to these women. They are so dedicated and devoted to doing this work with a lens on equity and social justice. I am looking forward to closing out Season Three in July. Watch the space for more guests.