Honors Faculty Fellow Kristy King wins Emerge Arizona Woman of the Year Award

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May 10, 2017

Kristy King, honors faculty fellow at Barrett Honors College, has long been committed to social, political, and economic justice and marched in support for various causes. 

Kristy King

She led her first impromptu protest march at age 7 during a meeting of the Girl Scouts' Brownies in response to a long-forgotten injustice. She also marched against the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, at the March for Women's Lives in Washington, D.C. in 2004, and for Black Lives Matter and Native rights in Phoenix. This year she worked with local activists Eva Burch and Juana Martinez-Neal to organize the Phoenix Women's March in support of social justice, equality, and equitable representation of women at all levels. The Phoenix Women's March, which drew thousands of participants, was held on January 21 in solidarity with the Washington, D.C. Women's March that was held the same day.

For her efforts King, along with Burch and Martinez-Neal, will be recognized with the 2017 Woman of the Year Award from Emerge Arizona at a reception at the historic Wrigley Mansion in Phoenix on May 11.

Emerge Arizona focuses on changing the face of Arizona politics by identifying, training and encouraging women to run for office, get elected and to seek higher office. The organization offers a six-month training program for Democratic women interested in seeking public office. Emerge Arizona is an affiliate of Emerge America, a national organization currently working in 17 states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, and Wisconsin.