While necessity is the mother of invention; it’s often the ‘fathers of invention’ who receive the most support, recognition and investment in their ideas. But to change the world… innovation must come from everywhere and everyone.
Last year we sat down with Maud Maron, who is running for New York City Council, District 1. There is a lot that has happened since; and the story is best told through her own media coverage.
But the conversation is still relevant as we consider why women can and do run for office. And, in fact, if you listen to Maud talk with Bari Weiss during her recent podcast, you will wonder why anyone runs for office…
Having tipped our toe into the civic realm with a stint as PTA co-president at an elementary school in Manhattan, we glimpsed the remarkable participation by parents, particularly women, in our communities. And we got to know Maud, who was recently a member of NYC Community Board 2; as well as, elected President of the Community Education Council (CEC) for DOE School District 2 (where we met). And that’s not even the full list of her civic contributions, nor her career and family obligations.
When we sat down with Maud Maron, we asked why she is considering a run for public office. And why, especially, in the notoriously male-dominated & tough-as-nails, city of New York.
Born in Manhattan, Maud has spent her career steeped in service. She began her career working for the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation. And then in 1998, Maud joined the Legal Aid Society’s Criminal Defense Division as a Staff Attorney. She and her husband, Juan, have four children and a passion for ensuring a safe and happy city for their children – and ours.
Maud is also a co-founder of Place NYC which advocates for a high quality, challenging education for every student in all NYC DOE Public Schools by increasing the academic rigor of all school curricula. See more here.
Here’s what Maud Maron had to say about her journey and why it matters that women join in too:
We talk a lot about how women are reimagining a world where their voice matters. And by advocating for parity in politics, business, sports and elsewhere we ensure equal representation for half the population. So to innovate and meet the needs of everyone, we need the ideas and perspective of both sexes…equally. As we discussed with Maud Maron, the future of a city for our children is something we all want in equal proportion. So we need all ideas to put the best laws forward – for men, women, different ethnicities, as well as, different socio-economic groups.
So how can you get involved? Jump in and join the conversation. Take a seat on your children’s PTA board (which is a big job despite the tropes) or uncover other opportunities there are to to run locally. You are qualified and you can do it. We need more women like Maud Maron willing to take it on. If you have a question for the leaders we know in public service or would like encouragement to run, contact us here. We know you can do it.