The Chronicle of Higher Education recently interviewed Shaughnessy Naughton '99, who was a chemistry major at Bryn Mawr, about her bids for state office and her efforts to get more scientists involved in politics.
From the article:
"In 2013, I was increasingly frustrated and disgusted with what was going on in Washington, and the cuts to research funding that seemed very short-sighted and not good for America, and I decided to step up and run for Congress in my home district of Bucks County, Pennsylvania. I ran in the Democratic primary in 2014. I had volunteered for campaigns but didn’t really appreciate what it meant to run for Congress. One of the first things you’re asked is, Well, how much money do you think you can raise? And I’d never raised money before. Part of what we did was we started reaching out to chemists, and to other scientists, because there really is a lack of people with scientific backgrounds in elective office."
Learn more about Naughton's group 314 Action online.