Friday, October 30, 2009

In The News Today

As supporters of MWPC's mission, there are some stories in today's papers that we thought you might be interested in...
  • Check out today's Boston Globe, which includes a great editorial endorsing Ayanna Pressley for an at-large seat on the Boston City Council. Ayanna's candidacy is proudly endorsed by the MWPC PAC. If elected, she would be only the third woman -- and the first woman of color -- ever to serve on the city council. Congratulations, Ayanna!
  • There is also a distressing op-ed in the Boston Globe about how abortion rights are being slowly eroded here in Massachusetts due to a lack of facilities willing to offer abortion procedures. In particular, there is a controversy in Brookline where residents are trying to block the opening of an abortion clinic due to concern over protests. It's an interesting column and well worth the time to read.
  • Another concerning article in the Boston Globe shows that we may be going backwards in terms of advancement of women in high-profile positions in Massachusetts businesses.
These articles show how the role of MWPC is just as necessary now as when we first got started.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Congresswoman Niki Tsongas Endorses Martha Coakley With Support From MWPC

We are thrilled to report that Congresswoman Niki Tsongas has formally endorsed Attorney General Martha Coakley for the United States Senate.

The endorsement was announced earlier today at an event in Lowell, which was attended by AG Coakley and also by MWPC Executive Director Sheila Capone-Wulsin and Pam Nourse, MWPC Board Vice-President and Co-Chair of the MWPC PAC.

MWPC played an important role in the election of Niki Tsongas to Congress a few years ago, and we are still proud to support her as the only female member of the Massachusetts congressional delegation. It’s especially gratifying to stand beside her again now as she, in turn, lends her support to Martha Coakley in her bid for the United States Senate.

Candidates who are endorsed by the MWPC PAC get a wide range of useful support, including resources, access to our network of contacts and experience of professionals who have been working in and around political campaigns for years. It’s one of the things we do best, and it’s all in support of our basic mission to promote the participation and involvement of women of all ages in the political process.

Congratulations to Martha Coakley for a Great Debate

MWPC congratulates Attorney General Martha Coakley for a command performance in Monday night’s debate of candidates for the United States Senate.

Coakley was extremely impressive as she demonstrated a deep knowledge of all the issues and distinguished herself as a capable and experienced candidate through her responses to the many questions posed by debate moderator Peter Meade.

Then again, we expected nothing less. After all, Martha Coakley and her candidacy are strongly endorsed by the NWPC PAC. In fact, we were so excited about the debate that we sponsored a special Debate Watching Party at our offices in Boston. It was fantastic for those in attendance to have the opportunity to join together and watch such an inspiring showing from our candidate.

We’re proud of Martha Coakley’s performance, and we’re proud to be joining the NWPC PAC in endorsing her candidacy. We can’t wait to watch the next debate.

For more information about Martha Coakley’s candidacy, please visit

"Commonwealth Commentary" Event on November 6

On Friday, November 6, MWPC will be sponsoring the next in its series of Commonwealth Commentary breakfasts.
The event will take place at the Harvard Club of Boston, which is located at 374 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, and it will run from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Special guests speakers will include newspaper reporters David Bernstein of the Boston Phoenix and Hillary Chabot of the Boston Herald, who will offer their insights into the current political landscape here in Massachusetts and the role of women.

Individual tickets to the event are $25 apiece. Table sponsorships (which include signage and a program listing) are $500.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit our Web page at

MWPC Special Edition Newsletter is Available Online

Are you interested in reading more about what MWPC is up to? Would you like to see photos of our latest Tribute to Abigail Adams awards event?
Check out our latest newsletter, which is available online.

Click here to read more.

Election Day is November 3

Election Day is less than a week away and candidates endorsed by the MWPC PAC need your help to win.

The MWPC PAC has endorsed State Representative Ruth Balser in her race to become the 33rd Mayor -- and the first female Mayor-- of Newton. Ruth is a lifelong resident of Newton and she has spent more than 20 years as a public servant, serving as a Newton Alderman and now as a legislator in her sixth term. She has been an active member of her sons' PTOs, as well as civic, political and religious organizations.

In Boston, our PAC has endorsed Ayanna Pressley for an at-large seat on the Boston City Council. Many of us are familiar with her exemplary, collaborative approach and can-do style in connecting the residents of Boston and the state to resources and services, as an aide to former Congressman Joseph Kennedy and Senator John Kerry. She also served as a former board member of MWPC and she is a Wonder Woman Award recipient. Ayanna would be the first woman of color ever to serve and only the third woman elected at-large in the Council's 100 year history.

For more information on Ruth Balser and her candidacy, please visit: For more information on Ayanna Pressley her candidacy, please visit

We're looking for volunteers to help us out on these campaigns! Can you assist us? If you can help in any way, please send an e-mail to Priti Rao at or call (617) 451-9294.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

22nd Annual Abigail Adams Awards a Huge Success

Last night, the Mass. Women's Political Caucus hosted its 22nd Annual Tribute to Abigail Adams awards ceremony and dinner at the Fairmont Copley Hotel in Boston.

The evening's distinguished honorees included Attorney General Martha Coakley, Senator Joan Menard, Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey, Dolores Mitchell, Susan Windham-Bannister, Marie A. Turley and Michelle Keating (who received the Abigail Adams Jane M. Swift Public Service Award).

Welcome messages and acknowledgements were provided by Bruce Bullen, CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care (which was Presenting Sponsor of the event), and Lora Pellegrini, MWPC Board President. Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC's Hardball, was Master of Ceremonies. Sheila Capone-Wulsin, MWPC Executive Director, presented closing remarks and also recognized members of the MWPC Board and Priti Rao, MWPC Associate Director, for their efforts. Thanks also were given to James Roosevelt, Jr. and Daniel B. Winslow, Esq. for serving as co-chairs of the Host Committee.

Governor Deval Patrick, Senate President Therese Murray, House Speaker Robert DeLeo, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, and many other elected officials, corporate sponsors, award presenters and distinguished guests also were in attendance.

MWPC extends its congratulations to all of the honorees, and also its special thanks to the hundreds of people in attendance last night, and to everyone else who helped to make the evening a huge success!

Please check back here and on our Web site,, as we post photos of the event soon.