Women of Influence 2023

Friday, February 3rd

Noon | The Briar Club


Abbie Kamin and Beth Merfish

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Council Member Abbie Kamin is proud to represent District C on Houston City Council, where she has championed legislation to create the city’s first-ever paid parental leave program and Women’s Commission, continuously fights for greater flood protection in combating climate change, and speaks out against injustices and inequities at home in Houston and nationally. As the Chair of Houston’s Public Safety & Homeland Security Committee, Council Member Kamin spearheaded efforts addressing the rise in domestic violence during the Pandemic and advocates to tackle gun-violence head on.


Beth Matusoff Merfish is the Chair of the Department of Liberal Arts, College of Human Sciences and Humanities and Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Houston – Clear Lake. As the inaugural Chair of the City of Houston Women’s Commission, she has played an integral part in the establishment of the first paid parental leave policy for city employees and in advocating for healthcare access in Houston.