Helen Gym is up for this year’s Gabrielle Giffords Rising Star Award - Generocity Philly

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Apr. 14, 2017 10:10 am

Helen Gym is up for this year’s Gabrielle Giffords Rising Star Award

The annual award, started in 2014 by EMILY’s List, honors women in public office who advocate for values deemed to be aligned with the Democratic party.

Councilwoman Helen Gym.

(Photo via Flickr user Alex Hogan, used under a Creative Commons license)

As Philadelphia’s first Asian American woman to be elected to City Council in 2015, Councilwoman Helen Gym has since become an active voice for women’s rights, education, Planned Parenthood, immigrants and most recently, Philly’s eviction crisis.

In recognition of her service, Gym was recently selected as one of six nominees for the 2017 Gabrielle Giffords Rising Star Award from EMILY’s List, a political action committee dedicated to bringing more pro-choice Democratic women to public office.

It’s actually very in line with the work coming out of Emerge Pennsylvania and its executive director Anne Wakabayashi, who said “women make great candidates.”

According to the website, the award, which was started in 2014, “honors a woman who demonstrates the sort of commitment to community, dedication to women and families, and determination and civility that have been the highlights of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ career, in and out of office.”

Last year, PA state representative Leanne Krueger-Braneky, the first woman elected to the state’s 161st District, was nominated for the award.

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Albert Hong

Albert Hong is Generocity's contributing reporter. He started hanging around the Technically Media office as a summer intern for Technical.ly and eventually made his way to freelancing for both news sites. While technology and video games are two of his main interests, he's grown to love Philadelphia as a city and is always excited to hear someone else's story.

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