Bridgette Hylton

Assistant Director of the Counseling and Assessment Clinic of Worcester; Deputy Political Director of the Gov. Deval Patrick Committee in 2010

Try to be happy you know? And work hard. I mean I look at Hillary Clinton and the position that she’s in now where she gets so much criticism. But she said something the other day, I think it was on Humans of New York, about how when she started law school and everyone was like, “You're taking a spot from a man who could be here and you shouldn't be here,” and stuff like that and,  “Now some man’s going to have to go to war and die because you're here.” And our generation is so much more lucky [that] we don't face that as much. It’s still out there of course, but not as much as it used to be.  So I think it’s really important to take advantage of all the opportunities that we have and whether for you that means being the best stay at home mom that you can ever be or the best scientist or a teacher or whatever it is just take advantage of the opportunities that we have because they weren't always available and so we should definitely revel in them. We were talking about how my definition of success changed.  I mean I never saw myself as that mom who was going to be on the PTO.  I didn't see that as success, but as I’m seeing my son grow and seeing the impact it has on him now I see that as something that makes me feel successful and so you know taking advantage of all aspects of what it means to be a woman and the opportunities that are available to us is really important.

Arbane and Jennifer Hylton welcomed Bridgette L. Hylton to the world in 1984, in Boston, Massachusetts. Bridgette resides in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, where she commutes to her job as the assistant director of the Counseling and Assessment Clinic of Worcester, a clinic that provides mental health services to the residents of Central Massachusetts.  Bridgette speaks highly of her family and strong connection with her parents, siblings, and extended family and believes the presence of family is vital to a child’s upbringing, one of the many morals she tries to invoke upon her son as a single mother. In this interview, Bridgette discusses her education at Dartmouth College and Harvard Law, her work and political experiences that includes being deputy political director of the Gov. Deval Patrick Committee in 2010, and most significantly, her experiences as a Jamaican-American woman. As an advocate for empowering young women, Bridgette believes in the power the female gender has on not only the world, but on each other and encourages women to dismiss the stereotypes inflicted upon them. She takes part in numerous organizations and is a role model for all women, recognizing how far she has come and how she has grown from her experiences in and around Worcester.

Interview
Interview Date: 
October 4, 2016