Meet the Feminist Professor Running for California State Assembly

“You only have one life to live. And so you have to be the person you want to be. Don’t let someone else’s idea of what is perfect get in the way of your idea of awesome.” Meet @VanessaCTyson:

21.2.2020

“You only have one life to live. And so you have to be the person you want to be. Don’t let someone else’s idea of what is perfect get in the way of your idea of awesome.” Meet VanessaCTyson:

Dr. Vanessa Tyson wasn't planning to run for a seat in the California State Assembly. But when an incumbent announced he wasn't seeking reelection and the opportunity presented itself to make a difference in her community through political office, she jumped in.

As lifelong feminist and environmentalist and longtime advocate for sexual assault survivors, Dr. Tyson has a history of working to make her community a better place. As a child, she was known for her love of politics (she was watching CSPAN regularly by the age of 6), her early feminist values and her requests for college admissions guides as birthday gifts. Tyson is a first-generation college graduate and credits her mother with stressing the importance of education throughout her childhood.

. “And so you have to be the person you want to be. Don’t let someone else’s idea of what is perfect get in the way of your idea of awesome.”Now, Dr. Tyson is running for California State Assembly in her hometown of Whittier (57

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