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.
How To Legally Change Your Name in Massachusetts posted on Feb 15
Everyone has the right to legally change their name, as long as the request is not inconsistent with the public interest. When you change your name as an adult, you’ll need to go through a court proceeding. If the court allows your petition, you will receive …Continue Reading How To Legally Change Your Name in Massachusetts
Celebrate Black History Month with These Historical Tours and Trails posted on Feb 8
One way to commemorate Black History Month this February is to learn about and recognize the contributions of African Americans throughout U.S. history. The Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism (MOTT) has compiled a list of Black History Month resources, including walking tours and heritage …Continue Reading Celebrate Black History Month with These Historical Tours and Trails
3 Fun Things to Do in Massachusetts over Presidents Day Weekend posted on Feb 1
George Washington’s Birthday is observed on the third Monday in February every year. This year, it falls on Feb. 20. According to the National Archives, Congress declared his birthday a legal holiday in 1879 after years of unofficial celebrations to honor our first commander in chief. For many Americans, …Continue Reading 3 Fun Things to Do in Massachusetts over Presidents Day Weekend