UPDATE: While Paula Xanthopoulou continues to be an advocate for the creation of a real power base for women through the election of many more women, especially to Congress -- she now lives 6 months a year in her father's hometown of Naousa, Northern Greece. She has memorialized research for filling out her Greek Family Tree at greekamericanfamilynotes.com, which now also includes her first-hand reports from Greece at a critical and often misrepresented juncture in Greek history. Additional writings are in progress, stay tuned!
Paula Xanthopoulou was born and educated in Stockton, California, attending the University of the Pacific where she majored in International Relations and won the Thomas O. Boren Award (Outstanding Senior in Journalism). She spent ten years as a teacher and administrator at the American Farm School in Thessaloniki, Greece -- followed by consulting and working for non-profit organizations when she returned to the U.S. and then a 6-year stint managing opera singers for her own company (Lyric Arts Group) in New York City.
Paula was very active politically in New York, and has been involved in a myriad of community and political efforts since moving to Miami in 1994. She headed the Miami Shores Brockway Memorial Library Building Fund, worked with SAVE Dade, and served for nine years on the Miami-Dade County Commission for Women. She also served two terms as president of the National Women's Political Caucus of Florida (2001-2005), and on NWPC’s National Board. During that time, Paula worked on the Janet Reno for Florida Governor campaign and later served as Deputy Campaign Manager on the Carol Moseley Braun for President campaign based in Chicago.
In 2002 she was a Miami-Dade “In the Company of Women” honoree for her work and was honored with the NWPC/FL 2005 “Elaine Gordon Leadership Award.” In 2007, her essay “Equal Representation: Common Denominator, Common Cause,” was published in Women Moving Forward, published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
Where to find Paula Xanthopoulou online
Dispatches from Greece
by Paula Xanthopoulou
Dispatches from Greece is a selection of blog posts published after the author returned to Northern Greece in 2015 for the first time in more than 30 years, landing smack in the midst of a grave financial crisis that had effectively crippled the country of her roots. Unique reports chronicle a personal journey and give readers a close look at highs and lows of Greek life at a critical time.
Smoke & Mirrors: The Truth About the Political Status of U.S. Women
by Paula Xanthopoulou
Women hold a measly 19.4% of seats in Congress, 241 years after independence from the British Empire. We are #100 (#116 counting ties) in the world for electing women. Why don’t our political parties establish voluntary quotas or rule changes, like so many other countries have done to accelerate the election of women? Have women become enablers of a national disgrace? Can we reach 30% by 2020?
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