The Huffington Post covered Ayanna's award from EMILY's List:
EMILY's List To Present 'Rising Star' Award To Boston City Councilwoman Ayanna Pressley
By Samantha Lachman
February 19, 2015
WASHINGTON -- EMILY's List, a group dedicated to electing Democratic women to office, will announce Thursday that Boston City Councilwoman Ayanna Pressley, the first woman of color elected to the council, is the winner of its 2015 Gabrielle Giffords Rising Star Award.
Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), who left Congress in 2012 after being seriously injured in a mass shooting, will present Pressley with the honor at the group's 30th anniversary gala March 3. The award, which Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams received in its inaugural year of 2014, celebrates women serving in the spirit of Giffords in state or local office.
“As the first woman of color elected to Boston City Council, Ayanna Pressley has worked to be a voice for all Bostonians. She has demonstrated a deep commitment to promoting healthy, safe communities where all women and families have a fair shot,” Stephanie Schriock, the president of EMILY’s List, said in a statement. “She works tirelessly to identify and create opportunities to make a positive impact on the city and the people she serves."