women in leadership

A woman's work in public office

Politics Is a contact sport. At least that's what someone told Joyce Marin, a councilwoman for the Borough of Emmaus, Pennsylvania. And perhaps that's the way politics looks in many council chambers and on campaign trails. But to Marin, politics's tooth-and-nail image does a disservice to the causes of democracy and citizen participation. She speaks from the perspective of many years of citizen activism and three and a half years of elective office.

"Politics does not have to be a contest of wills," Marin reasons. "We are a spiritual creation, and I strive not to be trapped in the notion that politics is a matter of my human will contending with many other wills over selfish, material goals."

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