Celebrating 30+ years of Supporting Women in Politics and Public Policy
The Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus is a non-partisan organization founded in 1971 to maximize the participation of women of all ages in the political process and to increase the number of women appointed and elected to public office and public policy positions.
2014 - Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, Attorney General Maura Healey, Treasurer Deborah Goldberg, and Auditor Suzanne Bump are elected, creating a record of the highest number of women holding constitutional officer positions in Massachusetts
2014 - Attorney General Maura Healey becomes the first openly gay Attorney General in the United States
2013 - Ayanna Pressley and Michelle Wu, both women of color, are elected to at-large council seats and respectively come in first and second
2013 - Michelle Wu becomes the first Asian-American woman elected to the Boston City Council
2012 - Massachusetts sees an increase in the percentage of women serving in the state legislature for the first time since 1999. The representation of women increased from 24-26%.
2012 - Elizabeth Warren becomes the first woman to serve as a US Senator from Massachusetts.
2011 - Patricia Haddad becomes the Commonwealth's first woman Speaker Pro Tempore
2010 - MWPC PAC-endorsed candidate Suzanne Bump becomes the Commonwealth's first woman State Auditor.
2009 - Former MWPC Board Member Ayanna Pressley becomes the first women of color ever elected to the Boston City Council. She is among the first women to be endorsed under the MWPC PAC's new municipal endorsement program.
2008 - The percentage of women in the Massachusetts legislature reaches its peak, at 27%.
2007 - Therese Murray is elected the first woman President of the Massachusetts Senate.
2007 - MWPC PAC endorses Niki Tsongas, who wins the special election to become the first woman to serve in the Massachusetts congressional delegation in over 25 years.
2007 - Lisa Wong becomes the Commonwealth's first Asian-American woman mayor when she is elected Mayor of Fitchburg.
2006 - MWPC PAC-endorsed candidate Martha Coakley is elected the Commonwealth's first woman Attorney General.
2002 - MWPC co-founds the Massachusetts Government Appointments Project (MassGAP) to increase the number of women to appointed high-level positions in state government.
2001 - MWPC sponsors the first Good Guys Awards.
2001 - Governor Jane Swift is inaugurated as Massachusetts first woman governor when Governor Paul Cellucci is appointed as Ambassador to Canada.
1995 - MWPC begins its Red Alert Networking Events
1990 - NWPC President Harriet Woods comes to Massachusetts and conducts a successful media tour in Boston.
1987 - MWPC hires its first Executive Director.
1986 - Evelyn Murphy is elected Lieutenant Governor, becoming the first woman elected statewide.
1985 - MWPC holds the inaugural Tribute to Abigail Adams Event at the USS Constitution Museum.
1980 - Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus is the stimulus for the formation of the Caucus of Women Legislators.
1974 - Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus begins organized efforts to support individual women running for office.
1971 - Marge Schiller and Anne Lewis from Massachusetts attend the first organizing meeting of National Women's Political Caucus (www.nwpc.org) in Washington D.C. Upon her return from Washington D.C., Schiller forms the Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus.