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MWPC Board Member Joyce Ferriabough-Bolling Speaks to Boston Public High School Students

MWPC Board Member Joyce Ferriabough-Bolling speaks to Boston public high school students as part of the “Campaign Smart” series, a program sponsored by the Boston Debate League and the Boston Herald. Click here to watch a clip from the program.

Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus PAC Endorses RoseLee Vincent for 16th Suffolk House Seat

BOSTON- The Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus Political Action Committee is thrilled to announce their endorsement of RoseLee Vincent for State Representative for the 16th Suffolk District, which is comprised of neighborhoods in Chelsea, Saugus, and Revere. The Primary election will be held on Tuesday, March 4th.

“We are proud to endorse RoseLee Vincent for State Representative,” says MWPC Acting Executive Director Samantha Washburn-Baronie. “A lifelong resident of Revere, RoseLee has the institutional knowledge and passion to be a strong voice for her constituents on Beacon Hill. She is a proven community leader, as demonstrated by her involvement in countless civic groups, from the PTA to the Revere Beach Partnership. Her professional and personal connections to the district make her the best person for the job.”

“I'm honored to receive the endorsement of the Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus,” says Vincent. “MWPC provides valuable resources to first-time candidates like myself. I am looking forward to connecting with new and old friends in the great communities of Revere, Chelsea, and Saugus during this election, and I am proud to have MWPC by my side!”

A lifelong resident of Revere, Vincent is intimately familiar with the 16th Suffolk District. For 25 years she has served as Chief of Staff to former State Representative Kathi-Anne Reinstein and before that State Representative William G. Reinstein. She is a founding member of the Community Media Center (Revere TV), a member of the Revere Beach Partnership, the Revere Beautification Committee, Historical Revere Beach, the Saugus River Watershed Council, and is the Chair of the Revere Democratic City Committee. RoseLee was a longtime member of the PTA and advocated for women’s athletics. She is a recipient of the Unsung Heroine Award from the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women.

About the MWPC PAC The Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus Political Action Committee is a multi-partisan organization that works to increase the number of women elected and appointed to public office and public policy positions and to increase the involvement of women of all ages in the political process. Please visit mwpcpac.org to learn more about out Political Action Committee. Follow us on http://twitter.com/MWPC and join our group on Facebook.

MassGAP Statement on Presidential Debate

BOSTON - At the presidential debate last night, questions arose regarding how women candidates were identified for potential appointment to leadership roles by former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. What follows details the process that was created by the Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus in 2002 to maximize opportunities for women to be considered for key roles in Massachusetts government.

The Massachusetts Government Appointments Project (MassGAP) was founded under the leadership of the MA Women’s Political Caucus in 2002 to address the issue of the under-representation of women in appointed positions in Massachusetts government. MassGAP brought together a nonpartisan coalition of over 25 women's organizations to recruit women to apply for government positions within the administration, and recommend qualified women for those positions.

Prior to the 2002 gubernatorial election, MassGAP approached the campaigns of candidates Shannon O'Brien and Mitt Romney and asked them both to commit to: (1).“Make best efforts” to ensure that the number of women in appointed state positions is proportionate to the population of women in Massachusetts; (2). Select a transition team whose composition is proportionate to the women in the Commonwealth; and (3). Meet with MassGAP representatives regularly during the appointments process. Both campaigns made a commitment to this process.

Following the election, MassGAP formed committees for each cabinet post in the administration and began the process of recruiting, interviewing, and vetting women applicants. Those committees selected top applicants for each position and presented this information to the administration for follow-up interviews and consideration for appointment.

Prior to the 2002 election, women comprised approximately 30 percent of appointed senior-level positions in Massachusetts government. By 2004, 42 percent of the new appointments made by the Romney administration were women. Subsequently, however, from 2004-2006 the percentage of newly-appointed women in these senior appointed positions dropped to 25 percent

MassGAP is proud to have the Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus as our lead sponsor and we are grateful to all of the women who have devoted their time and energy to making this project a continued success. The Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization founded in 1971 to increase the number of women elected and appointed to public office and public policy positions and to maximize the participation of women of all ages in the political process.

About the Massachusetts Government Appointments Project:

The Massachusetts Government Appointments Project (MassGAP) was founded in 2002 as a non-partisan coalition of women’s groups whose purpose is to increase the number of women appointed by the new governor to senior-level cabinet positions, agency heads and selected authorities and commissions in the Commonwealth. The Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus (MWPC) is the Lead Sponsor of this coalition. The current MassGAP co-chairs are Amy Burke and Lauren Stiller Rikleen.


View video of MassGAP co-chair Lauren Stiller Rikleen discussing this on MSNBC's Up with Chris Hayes

View video of MWPC Executive Director Priti Rao discussing this on CNN's Newsroom



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