March is Women’s History Month, which according to The Library of Congress, “pays tribute to the generations of women whose commitment to nature and the planet have proven invaluable to society. From the first women’s college to the recent election of Elizabeth Warren to the U.S. Senate, Massachusetts has played an important role in shaping the history of women in America. In 1837, Mary Lyons established Mount Holyoke Seminary, the first permanent women’s college in the U.S.; There were already 120 men’s colleges at the time. Read more education facts here.
In August 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment became United States law, giving women the right to vote. (More on Women’s Suffrage.) Notably, Susan Fitzgerald and Sylvia Donaldson, were the first women elected to the Massachusetts State Legislature, just three years later, in 1923. Also, the first woman member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Edith Nourse, was elected in 1925. Click here for more firsts for women in Massachusetts politics.
This Woman’s History Month, remember that the future of women is essential to continuing a rich history. Below are some resources to keep Massachusetts women safe and healthy. If you or someone you know may be a victim of domestic violence, call SafeLink at (877) 785-220 for help.
To stay up to date on women’s issues in MA, follow the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women on Facebook.
Massachusetts Fair and Safe Labor Practices posted on Aug 20
Every Massachusetts employee is entitled to workplace rights that are protected under state labor laws. The Office of the Attorney General (AGO) and the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD) advocate for Massachusetts worker rights through the following practices and programs: Child Labor/ …Continue Reading Massachusetts Fair and Safe Labor Practices
The Massachusetts Home Improvement Contractor (HIC) Arbitration Program posted on Aug 19
The Home Improvement Contractor Arbitration Program promotes speedy, efficient, and fair resolutions to disputes between homeowners and registered contractors and/or subcontractors regarding home improvements. It is part of the Home Improvement Contractor Act, which became Massachusetts law in 1992. Is Arbitration Right for You? Ask …Continue Reading The Massachusetts Home Improvement Contractor (HIC) Arbitration Program
Staying Safe with Hazardous Waste posted on Aug 14
Hazardous waste exists in liquid, solid, gas, and sludge form, and can be harmful to both your health and the environment. While we commonly think of chemical plants and factories as the sources of such waste, certain hazardous materials can be found in many Massachusetts …Continue Reading Staying Safe with Hazardous Waste