#ThrowbackThursday to last month when the Women's Caucus hosted the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts for Girl Power on the Hill! The Girl Scouts learned about government, leadership and were able to debate a bill on the floor of the House chamber.
A moving morning at the Casa Myrna Community of Conscience Breakfast. Since 1977, Casa Myrna has been there to help survivors and their children escape domestic violence and recover from the trauma it leaves behind. 59% of their staff are survivors and they are constantly shining the light on intimate partner violence, healing wounds and assisting survivors in moving forward.
In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the Women's Caucus brought the Worcester County Clothesline Project to the State House thanks to Pathways for Change, Inc. Take a look at these powerful t-shirts and drawings from survivors. #SAAM
The Women's Caucus partnered with Lt. Governor Karyn Polito to host the Second Annual Denim Day observance at the State House in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The Denim Day campaign was triggered by a ruling in Italy where a rape conviction was overturned because the justices felt that since the victim was wearing tight jeans, she must have helped her rapist remove them, thereby implying consent. The following day, the women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the victim. Since then, wearing jeans on #DenimDay has become a symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual violence.
A powerful day yesterday as college students from across the Commonwealth descended upon the State House for a rally and lobby day in support of legislation aimed at preventing sexual violence on higher education campuses. Kudos to the co-chairs of the Women's Caucus Sexual Assault Working Group State Representative Lori Ehrlich and Tricia Farley-Bouvier, Jane Doe Inc., Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, The Every Voice Coalition on a successful event!
Today is #EqualPayDay where we recognize that women must work longer than men to achieve the same earnings for similar work. In 2016, the Massachusetts legislature unanimously passed the Women's Caucus legislative priority, an act to establish pay equity. It is the most comprehensive equal pay legislation and will go into effect on July 1, 2018. Thank you Massachusetts for taking a stand to help close the gender wage gap!
Another great day in the Commonwealth with the signing of the #PATCHAct to protect access to confidential healthcare for all subscribers on an insurance policy. Thank you Senator Karen Spilka and Kate Hogan for all of your work on this!
Today the Women's Caucus celebrated our third legislative priority being signed into law by Governor Baker! All 351 cities in towns in Massachusetts will now be covered by a regional commission on the status of women and girls. It was great to be able to coordinate the signing with Women in Public Office Day organized by National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL)!
Today is International Women’s Day! We must help women from all walks of life feel safe and give them the ability to achieve their dreams.
The Women's Caucus Board of Directors had another productive meeting with Governor Baker and Lt. Governor Polito this morning. We covered various topics from regional commissions on the status of women and girls, sexual assault and domestic violence and criminal justice reform. Thank you for being partners in government and always having your doors open.
Members of the Women's Caucus are standing in support of the #LegislatorsForGenderEquality movement created by Zoé Laboy Alvarado and sister legislators in Puerto Rico. We are pleased to wear purple to raise awareness in order to work towards gender equality in all facets of life.