OUR MISSION

The Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus is a nonpartisan organization committed to increasing the number of women elected to public office and appointed to public policy positions.

 

We seek to civically engage women of all ages in the political process through events, programming, and workshops. Caucus members include a diverse group of women that include the political, healthcare, biotech, academic, business, corporate, and non-profit communities. The MWPC offers programs that strive to increase the interest of women in the political process and helps them to be successful in the political arena.

 
THE CURRENT STATE OF WOMEN
IN MASSACHUSETTS POLITICS
We have made a lot of progress:
  • Four out of six statewide offices are currently held by women: Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, Attorney General Maura Healey, State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg, and State Auditor Suzanne Bump.

  • Massachusetts currently has four women serving in the national legislature: Senator Elizabeth Warren, and  Representatives Katherine Clark, Ayanna Pressley and Lori Trahan.

However, we still have a long way to go..
  • At the national level, women hold just 104 of 535 congressional seats (19.4%).

    • Just 20 of 100 Senate seats and just 84 of 435 House seats are held by women.

    • A total of 307 women have served in Congress.

  • Currently, just 12 of 40 Massachusetts state senators and just 38 of 160 state representatives are women. Total, just 50 out of 200 state legislators are women, or 25.0%. This means we rank 24th in the country in terms of the percentage of women in state legislature.

  • Of the 9 seats that Massachusetts holds in the U.S. House of Representatives just three are filled by women, Congresswoman Katherine Clark (D) of the 5th District, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (D) of the 7th District, and Congresswoman Lori Trahan of  the 3rd District.

  • Massachusetts currently has one woman, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D), serving as senator in the U.S. Senate. Warren is the first woman from Massachusetts ever to serve as U.S. Senator.

  • Massachusetts has never elected a female governor (however, Jane Swift (R) served as acting governor from 2001-2003 after Governor Paul Cellucci was appointed U.S. Ambassador to Canada).