Community event to enlighten and empower women

We’re winding down on the 2020 presidential election, and the political world is abuzz. We can hardly, nor should we, move forward now the way we have in the past. The political scene is completely changed from years prior, with more diverse candidates and elected officials at every level. As Buffalonians, we should take pride in our city, including those representing it, but to do that, we need to know more about the political landscape in our city. On August 17th, we the people have the opportunity to do just that by hearing directly from women who have in the past or do currently hold local office positions.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Today the WNY Women’s Foundation announced the lineup for its What She’s Made Of panel, spotlighting the voices and experiences of women who have run for political office:


Crystal Peoples-Stokes
Courtesy of WNY Women’s Foundation
  • Crystal Peoples-Stokes, New York State Assemblymember and Majority Leader

    Toni Vazquez
    Courtesy of WNY Women’s Foundation
  • Angie Kennedy, Councilor for the Seneca Nation of Indians
  • Toni Vazquez, former Williamsville School Board member
  • Angela Marinucci, 2018 Erie County Clerk candidate
  • Elizabeth Rankin, Chautauqua County Legislator
Angela Marinucci Courtesy of WNY Women’s Foundation

The panel will be moderated by Morgan Williams-Bryant of the Girl Scouts of Western New York.


Courtesy of WNY Women’s Foundation


The Foundation’s annual What She’s Made Of celebration will take place on Monday, August 17 at 4:30 p.m. This year’s event will spotlight the importance and impact of female civic participation and women’s leadership. The event will be 100% virtual for the first time in its 11-year history.


Last year’s in-person event
Courtesy of WNY Women’s Foundation


Annually, What She’s Made Of is a major community event and fundraiser for the WNY Women’s Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing women and girls. During the COVID-19 pandemic, with women disproportionately impacted by the crisis in terms of unemployment and caretaking, the WNY Women’s Foundation has been working nonstop to elevate the voice of and build solutions for women in the community.


Tickets to What She’s Made Of, as well as information about the spotlight and sponsorships, are available now at




About the WNY Women’s Foundation

Founded in 1999, the WNY Women’s Foundation is a 501(c)3, non-profit organization whose mission is to create a culture of possibility so each woman and girl can live, grow, and lead to her fullest potential. Programs of the Foundation ensure that single moms can achieve their education, adolescent girls develop self-confidence and resiliency, working moms have access to child care, and all women and girls in WNY have the tools and supports they need to thrive.


For more information on the WNY Women’s Foundation, visit and follow the Foundation on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.