Massachusetts Caucus of Women Legislators
State House, Room 460
Boston, MA 02133 – 1045
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 23, 2017
Lauren Scribi, Executive Director, (617) 722-2266
Co-Chairs: Senator Jennifer L. Flanagan, Representative Colleen M. Garry
Co- Vice Chairs: Senator Eileen Donoghue, Representative Christine Barber
NEW BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR MASSACHUSETTS CAUCUS OF WOMEN LEGISLATORS
BOSTON – The Massachusetts Caucus of Women Legislators has announced their Board of Directors for the 2017-2018 legislative session.
Senator Jennifer Flanagan (D-Leominster) and Representative Colleen Garry (D-Dracut) will serve as Co-Chairs; Senator Eileen Donoghue (D-Lowell) and Representative Christine Barber (D-Somerville) will serve as Co-Vice Chairs; Representative Carolyn Dykema (D-Holliston) was elected Treasurer; and past Senate Chair Senator Anne Gobi (D-Spencer), Representative Hannah Kane (R-Shrewsbury), Representative Denise Garlick (D-Needham), Representative Carole Fiola (D-Fall River), Representative Marjorie Decker (D-Cambridge), Representative Juana Matias (D-Lawrence) and Representative Natalie Higgins (D-Leominster) will also serve on the Board.
Established in 1975, the Massachusetts Caucus of Women Legislators was formed with a mission to enhance the economic status and equality of women and to encourage and support women in all levels of government. It is a bi-cameral and bi-partisan organization that is comprised of the women State Senators and State Representatives at the State House. The Board of Directors serves as the governing body of the Women’s Caucus and provides guidance on events and policy.
“As a freshman legislator and a young woman, it is an honor and a privilege to serve on the Massachusetts Caucus of Women Legislators. The Caucus has a rich history supporting women in government and fighting for women’s equality across the Commonwealth, and I look forward to working with the rest of the Board to build upon this important work.”
There are currently 52 women legislators that make up 26% of the Massachusetts legislature. Throughout the history of the Commonwealth, only 196 women have served as elected officials in the legislature compared to over 20,000 men.