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.
Honor Massachusetts Veterans This Memorial Day posted on May 22
Massachusetts proudly supports and honors military members who have died fighting for our country, and Memorial Day — May 25, 2015 — offers residents of the Commonwealth an opportunity to remember fallen heroes. The Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism (MOTT) and the Department of …Continue Reading Honor Massachusetts Veterans This Memorial Day
Boat Smart from the Start for National Safe Boating Week posted on May 19
The simple act of wearing a flotation device can save a life. According to a 2013 U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) recreational boating report, in fatal boating accidents where the victims drowned, 84 percent were not wearing a life jacket. National Safe Boating Week, designated from …Continue Reading Boat Smart from the Start for National Safe Boating Week
Family Support Services for Families Caring for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities posted on May 15
Many families across Massachusetts care for loved ones with intellectual disabilities. Through the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) within the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Commonwealth offers a number of programs designed to help these families by providing a wide array …Continue Reading Family Support Services for Families Caring for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities