Jamice Oxley '02

Passionate about gender parity in politics, Jamice Oxley '02 is a member of the National Women's Political Caucus and on the Advisory Committee for Ignite, a non-partisan organizaiton whose mission is to build political ambition among girls and young women, encouraging them to run for office.

How has the National Women's Political Caucus impacted your experience with politics?

The National Women's Political Caucus is the only national organization dedicated to recruiting, training, and supporting women who seek elected and appointed offices at all levels of government. As an NWPC member, I attended a candidate training workshop in Ventura that was eye-opening. As a woman with political aspirations, spending a day discussing fundraising, filing and reporting requirements, budget, campaign organizing and staffing, and message development was crucial to understanding campaign messaging and the importance of organization and strong communication as a political candidate. 

Why is Ignite important to you?

With intervention by organizations like Ignite, gender parity becomes possible. What Ignite does is reach young women with political aspirations in high school and college through comprehensive programming, political and civic education, exposure to elected and civic women, hands-on training, and a peer network. It's so important to motivate and empower women.

This issue is important to me because gender parity does not currently exist amongst our nation's elected officials. Lack of gender parity is detrimental because, without this diversity, we suffer as a collective body of citizens from a lack of equal perspective throughout our governmental bodies. Studies have shown that women, specifically legislators, can more effectively reach across party lines, historically introduce more legislation than men, and are twice as likely to get bills enacted. 

When have you personally felt political progress?

One of my favorite moments was co-hosting a fundraiser at the Soho House in West Hollywood with a group of African-American lawyers for then California Attorney General Kamala Harris, who was running for Senator. She, like so many women, envisioned herself in office when she was a young girl. Like Senator Harris, Ignite is an example for so many young girls and it is a privilege to be involved and be connected in this way to the future of gender parity and supporting the presence of powerful women in political office. 

How did your experience at Marlborough contribute to your interest and involvement in politics and Ignite?

As a Marlborough girl, feeling like you can do anything and be anyone is commonplace. The energy is high on campus and self-confidence is the norm. The environment is so empowering and administratively designed to maximize female ambition and success. My experience at Marlborough gave me the foundation to think of myself as a national and global leader. Since Marlborough. I've held on to this and it has contributed to my desire to envision myself in political office and support other women who aspire to do so through fundraising and campaign support. As a diverse woman, I know how important my voice is in rooms and the power in taking a seat at as many tables as I can. And when other women, especially diverse women, are running for office, I support them. 

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