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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.

Women’s Health

Domestic Violence

Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program

Resources for New Mothers

Women’s Veterans’ Network

To stay up to date on women’s issues in MA, follow the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women on Facebook.

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