On Thursday, March 12, Wisconsin State Assembly Rep. Melissa Sargent will present “Representation and Justice in Politics” in Room 136 Doudna Hall at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville at 5 p.m. The presentation, sponsored by the university’s Social and Environmental Justice Program, is free and open to all.
Sargent will share her own unique experiences, as a woman in politics, with issues related to social justice, individual freedom, public policies, social class and gender equality.
“Social injustice is real and exists today,” said Dr. Maryam Heydari, visiting assistant professor at UW-Platteville. “Different social groups are treated and valued unequally in society. It is everyone’s responsibility to challenge injustice and eliminate oppression against any person, group or class.”
Sargent was born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin, and is a graduate of East High School and UW-Madison. She was first elected to the Wisconsin State Legislature in November 2012, and is currently serving in her fourth term. She represents the 48th Assembly District, which encompasses the east and north sides of the city of Madison and the village of Maple Bluff.
During her tenure in the Wisconsin State Legislature, Sargent has fought for legislation raising Wisconsin’s minimum wage, providing equitable access to menstrual hygiene products, legalizing marijuana, empowering survivors of sexual assault, protecting privacy rights and other important issues.
For the 2019-2020 legislative session, Sargent serves on the Joint Legislative Audit Committee, the Joint Committee on Information Policy and Technology and the Assembly committees on mental health, small business development, substance abuse and prevention and science and technology.