In 2020, the 19th Amendment turns 100 years old and many people around the country will be celebrating. The amendment prohibited voter discrimination based on gender. However, while historic, the 19th Amendment only benefited white women. For decades, women of color were unable to vote. It was not until 1965 when the Voting Rights Act was passed. Even after the law was supposed to provide protection and equality, voting is still difficult for many modern women. Barriers such as transportation, childcare, access to the polls, and employment still prevent women from exercising their right to vote. During our "Political Me" event, we will honor the 19th Amendment and the Voting Rights Act, while highlighting ways that women's votes are still actively suppressed today.
At this panel discussion, several women who are shaping the future in their own communities through political engagement will share their stories. Our panelists will represent various roles and affiliations across the political spectrum. You will hear about their paths to politics, their greatest victories and frustrations, and ways that we can all become more involved.
Whether you consider politics a personal interest, a volunteer opportunity or a career aspiration, join us to find out how to use your talents to reach your full political potential.
Meet our panelists:
Marni Jo Snyder
Marni Jo Snyder graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 2002. She went on to earn her J.D. in 2006 from Villanova University’s School of Law, where she was a Public Interest Fellow. Following graduation, she was admitted to the bars in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and has been practicing law ever since.
After clerking for the Honorable Carolyn Engel Temin in the Homicide Division of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Ms. Snyder served for five years as an Assistant Defender at the Defender Association of Philadelphia. She quickly made her way to the Major Trial Unit, trying serious felony cases before juries.
Ms. Snyder was then an attorney at Fox Rothschild, LLP. Assigned to the Labor and Employment Division / School Law Section, she handled Special Education Law matters in the School District of Philadelphia.
Ms. Snyder also has extensive experience in juvenile delinquency in Philadelphia, Delaware, Chester, and Montgomery Counties. She has used her knowledge of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to provide her criminal clients with a more dynamic representation.
Recently, Ms. Snyder represented Hillary for America (campaign for Democratic candidate for President of the United States, Hillary Rodham Clinton) and Krasner for DA (campaign for the Democratic candidate for Philadelphia District Attorney, Larry Krasner) in Election Law matters.
Dom has experience working with elected officials on various aspects of campaigns such as strategic planning and fundraising. She has created internship programs for high school and college students and assisted with the growth of political organizations through fundraising initiatives and community outreach. Her most recent accomplishment was serving as the campaign manager for Isaiah Thomas's successful campaign for Philadelphia City Council, At-large. Thomas finished 3rd place in a field of 28 and was the youngest campaign manager of the cycle.
Prior to starting J&S Consulting firm with Jasmine Sessoms, Dom was the finance director for Larry Krasner for District Attorney of Philadelphia where she managed donor relations, planned and executed fundraising events, and assisted with creating and implementing six-month finance plan. She has worked as the political director of the Senate Democratic Campaign Committee where she managed finances and compliance procedures for the committee and various Democratic State Senators, managed daily operations for the committee, and coordinated hiring of new executive director with Senate leadership and partners.
Dom earned her bachelor’s degree in political science from Hobart and William Smith Colleges where she received the President’s Leadership Award and Ithiel DeSola Pool Prize in Political Science.
Dr. Dawn Teele
Dr. Dawn Teele is the Janice and Julian Bers Assistant Professor of the Social Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research and teaching interests include gender and politics, identity and representation, and women’s movements. Dr. Dawn Teele holds a B.A. in Economics from Reed College, and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale University. Prior to joining the faculty at Penn she was a Research Fellow at the London School of Economics. Dr. Teele has won several prizes, including the Carrie Chapman Catt Prize for the study of women in politics and the Gabriel Almond Prize from the American Political Science Association. Her research has been published in a variety of outlets in political science, including the American Political Science Review, the Journal of Politics, and Politics & Society. She is editor of a volume on social science methodology, Field Experiments and Their Critics (Yale University Press 2014), and co-editor of an edited volume that is currently in progress, Good Reasons to Run: Women and Political Candidacy. In 2018, Princeton University Press published her monograph Forging the Franchise: The Political Origins of the Women’s Vote.
Christine Jacobs is an experienced executive with over 30 years of broad functional and management experience within industries as varied as pharmaceuticals, electronics, power generation and out-sourced services. Chris has lead large organizations in industries as diverse as pharmaceuticals and energy. After spending eight years with Rhone Poulenc Rorer pharmaceuticals as Vice President of Operations for North and South America and Executive Director of Supply Chain Operations, Chris served as Senior Vice President of Operations for NRG Energy, President of Exelon’s Power division, and PECO’s Head of Supply Operations. She is now an Outside Director of the Delaware Valley Floral Group of Sewall, New Jersey and heads the Finance and Risk Management Committee for the company board.
To apply her well-honed business skills in non-corporate settings, Chris is a member of several non-profit boards in the Philadelphia area. With the People’s Emergency Center in Philadelphia, Chris joined the Finance committee to apply her budgeting, forecasting and operations leadership skills in managing housing options for the homeless and for community development. She is now the Chair of the Finance Committee and has lead their investment management process and helped them bring about legal compliance. She is Chair of the Board of Pennsylvania Voice, a non-profit which unites the efforts of a number of other PA non-profits to increase voter registration and participation.
Throughout her career, Chris worked to change the perceptions of women in leadership and she continues to talk to groups about the need to level the playing field for women. She is the former Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the national Women’s Campaign Fund and is a founder and Executive Director of RepresentPA, a PAC supporting the election of more women to the PA legislature and the Treasurer of its Federal PAC.
Chris holds a BS in Industrial Engineering and an MBA from Stanford University
Daphne Goggins is a former Social Services Worker and a community/political activist who has dedicated her life to improving the quality of life for children and residents all over the city of Philadelphia. She is a graduate of the Philadelphia High School For Girls. At the age of 18, she registered Republican and has been a Republican her entire life.
Daphne Goggins was an ardent volunteer wherever she resided. Over the years she has served on many different boards including the West Poplar NAC, The North Philadelphia Health Systems and she presently serves as the Secretary for both The Heritage Baseball League and The 3700 Bouvier Street Block Association. She was a volunteer Basketball Coach for the Sonny Hill Education League, and Baseball Coach with the Strawberry Mansion Athletic League and with the Heritage Baseball League. From 2001-2003, Miss Goggins facilitated her own outdoor Basketball League at Winchester Playground, providing recreation for hundreds of youth from ages 8 to adult. The Winchester League never witnessed one incident of violence due to the love and dedication fostered through Miss Goggins’ leadership and respect in the community. Miss Goggins was appointed to the position of Republican Ward Leader for the 16th Ward in North Philadelphia in February of 2009. She was successfully elected to the position in May of 2018 along with 9 new committee members - something unheard of in that section of the city. As a newly elected Ward leader and an Elected Committee person for the 13th Ward 21st Division in Nicetown/Tioga, Daphne Goggins continues to work tirelessly on behalf of the residents and youth of her community.
On January 29, 2019, Daphne Goggins became the first African American female Republican candidate for Mayor in the City of Philadelphia, announcing on her 56th Birthday. She went on the become the first ever Female African American Candidate endorsed by a major party in the city of Philadelphia. Although she did not receive the required 1000 signatures to get on the ballot, Miss Goggins continues to be a major player in the Republican party on a local, state and national level. She continues to recruit from the minority community and is presently responsible for the appointment and subsequent election of more than eight African American Philadelphia Republican Ward leaders.
Pearl Kim was a candidate for Congress during the 2018 midterm elections in Pennsylvania. Prior to that Ms. Kim was appointed to the Pennsylvania’s Office of Attorney General as a Senior Deputy Attorney General. Kim served in the Executive Office under the newly formed Office of Public Engagement launched by Attorney General Josh Shapiro and led the AG’s Campus Safety Initiative. Formerly an Assistant District Attorney in the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office, Ms. Kim was Chief of the Human Trafficking Unit in the Special Victims and Domestic Violence Division. As a special victims unit prosecutor, Ms. Kim handled Protection From Abuse matters, child physical and sexual abuse, domestic violence, rape, human trafficking, and Internet Crimes Against Children cases.
Ms. Kim served on the Joint State Government Commission's Advisory Committee on Human Trafficking and reported back to the PA Senate any recommendations for changes in state law, policies, and procedures and ultimately secured the first trafficking of persons conviction under Pennsylvania’s trafficking statute.
Governor Corbett and Governor Wolf appointed Pearl Kim to the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Asian American Affairs, and she currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania. The Legal Intelligencer has recognized Ms. Kim as one of the 2011 Lawyers on the Fast Track, as one of the 2011 Diverse Attorneys of the Year, and as one of the 2012 Women of the Year. The American Bar Association awarded Ms. Kim the Norm Maleng Minister of Justice Award for her efforts as a special victims prosecutor, and she was the recipient of the Government Attorney of the Year Award by the Pennsylvania Bar Association in 2015. Ms. Kim obtained her J.D. from Villanova University School of Law where she was the recipient of the Villanova Achievement Scholarship and received her B.A. from Bryn Mawr College.
Meet our moderator:
Loraine Ballard Morrill
Loraine Ballard Morrill is News Director and Community Affairs Director for the six iHeartMedia PHL radio stations Power 99, WDAS FM, Q102, Radio 104.5, The Breeze 106.1, and The Gambler 1480 AM, where she hosts and produces Philadelphia’s Community Affairs Programs “Insight” and “What’s Going On.” She also coordinates community outreach and campaigns for all of the stations.
She has served on the Boards of The Philadelphia Urban League, The Centers for Literacy, First Person Arts, Philadelphia Committee for Children and Youth and Keep Philadelphia Beautiful, among others. Loraine currently sits on the boards of PHLDiversity, the Mayor’s Commission on Adult Education, Girl Scouts of Eastern PA, the Marian Anderson Awards, and the READ!by4th Leadership Committee. She has received numerous awards, including the Philadelphia Human Relations Commission Human Rights Award, Philadelphia NAACP President’s Award, the Philadelphia Association for Black Journalists Community Award, the Achievement in Radio Lifetime Achievement Award, the Harris Wofford Active Citizenship Award and The AIDS Fund Favorite Straight Person, among many others. Under her direction, Power 99 FM was the first station to receive six prestigious National Association of Broadcasters Crystal Award for Service and the First NAB Crystal Heritage Award the highest award for broadcast community service.