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.
StormSmart Coasts: Protect Your Home from Storm Damage posted on Aug 27
If you live on the Massachusetts coast, awareness about storm hazards such as flooding, erosion, and other challenges is key to protecting your property and staying safe. The Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) provides information, strategies, and tools through the StormSmart Coasts program to …Continue Reading StormSmart Coasts: Protect Your Home from Storm Damage
Celebrate Women’s Equality Day posted on Aug 25
The Commonwealth’s official heroine, Deborah Sampson, fought with courage in the Revolutionary War under a man’s name and was later given the first military pension ever awarded to a woman. Massachusetts celebrates and supports women all year, especially on Aug. 26, Women’s Equality Day. This …Continue Reading Celebrate Women’s Equality Day
August Is Forest Pest Awareness Month — Stay on the Lookout to Help Massachusetts’ Trees posted on Aug 20
This is a guest blog post from the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR). Governor Baker has declared August to be Forest Pest Awareness Month, which reflects a longstanding tradition in the Commonwealth of valuing the environment, as well as understanding the impact that environmental …Continue Reading August Is Forest Pest Awareness Month — Stay on the Lookout to Help Massachusetts’ Trees