6/7/19—Madeira School junior Tarina A. ’20 recently spoke at the 2019 Madeleine Albright Luncheon, an annual event celebrating advancements in women’s political empowerment. Other speakers included members of the U.S. Congress, prominent activists and journalists, and foreign dignitaries.
Tarina, the only student speaker, gave a speech reflecting the luncheon’s theme of “Celebrating Risk-Takers for Women’s Empowerment.” She shared, “My speech was about what it means to be a young person taking risks and how the risks of other women have paved the way for my generation. Secretary Albright and Representative [Abigail] Spanberger, for instance, have taken risks to allow my generation to follow in their footsteps. They are the ones that have passed the baton and we are grateful for it.”
Susannah Wellford, President of Running Start, a nonprofit organization devoted to preparing young women to run for public office, explained why Tarina was selected to be the student speaker, “Tarina was a standout student at Running Start’s high school program this past summer. I immediately thought of her when the National Democratic Institute reached out to us about having a Running Start young woman speak at the luncheon. Tarina exemplifies what Running Start stands for: she is confident, passionate about creating change, and is already a powerful voice for her generation.”
“Our world is yearning for new voices,” proclaimed Tarina. “Voices of women who are fearless, change-oriented, have an ideal outlook of what the world could be. I and women in general belong in politics and our voices matter.”
Tarina’s speech can be viewed here: