Shenna Bellows
Karen Heck

UMA College of Arts and Sciences and UMASC presents

Women in Politics

Sunday, October 6 at 2-4 pm • Klahr Center

This Forum will address questions such as “Why did you run for office?” “Why is it important to have women in politics?” “Why are so many young women getting into politics?” and “What effects will the increasing involvement of women in politics have on the issues which are addressed by lawmakers?”

Shenna Bellows is the executive director of the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine. She is also State Senator for Senate District 14 in Kennebec County representing her hometown of Manchester and several Augusta communities. Shenna currently serves as chair of the Labor and Housing Committee of the Maine Legislature and is also a member of the Judiciary Committee. She led the ACLU of Maine as Executive Director for eight years.

Karen Heck received a B.A. in government from Colby College and an M.S. in human development from UMaine. She worked for the Kennebec Valley Community Action Program and co-founded Hardy Girls Healthy Women. In 2002 Karen was named cowinner of the Woman of the Year award by the Maine Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Clubs. In 2008 she was inducted into the Maine Women’s Hall of Fame. In 2011 she ran as an independent and was elected mayor of Waterville.

Moderator: Marilyn Canavan, former State Representative from Waterville and former director of the State Ethics Committee.


Next Forum: Citizenship/Immigration – Sunday Nov. 3 at 2 pm