Barbara Lee is a national leader in advancing women’s equality and representation in American politics. She founded and leads the Barbara Lee Family Foundation. Inspired by her grandmother’s stories of suffragists marching on New York City’s Fifth Avenue in the early 1900s, Lee has worked to educate the public about gender disparities in government since 1998. Today, through the Foundation’s nonpartisan Governors research, Lee gives women candidates, elected officials, and other leaders at all levels essential knowledge to meet the challenges of campaigning.
Through the Foundation, Lee has endowed a nonpartisan training program for women at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and an internship program at the Massachusetts State House for students at Simmons College in Boston.
Boston Magazine has included Lee among “Boston’s Most Powerful Thought Leaders,” “The 100 People Who Run This Town,” and she is listed among their “50 most powerful women” in Boston. Women’s eNews ranks her among the “21 Leaders for the 21st Century.” Lee earned a master’s degree from the Boston University School of Social Work and her bachelor’s degree from Simmons College.