I am president of the board of directors of the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus, a statewide nonpartisan organization, and we are deeply troubled by the allegations of abuse and mistreatment of women working on Beacon Hill, reported in Yvonne Abraham’s column “Beacon Hill’s dirty little secret” (Page A1, Oct. 28). We wholeheartedly agree with Abraham’s point that the antidote to fixing this issue is to “elect more women.” The caucus is working to help make this a reality by endorsing as many as 36 qualified female candidates this year in municipal races across the Commonwealth.
As an organization advocating for women, we are concerned that any woman should have to navigate the level of indignity Abraham details to simply do her job, and we applaud those who have bravely come forward to tell their story and say, “No more.”
As more allegations of sexual assault and harassment come to light in the media, the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus is committed to working with the women of the House and Senate and legislative leadership on Beacon Hill to support the enactment or strengthening of policies and practices to bolster fair and equitable treatment of women.
We applaud the recent actions of Governor Charlie Baker, Speaker Robert DeLeo, and Senate President Stan Rosenberg, who are moving swiftly to help erase this longtime scourge on Beacon Hill and in workplaces across the Commonwealth.