Thursday, October 30, 2014

Honoring Mayor Menino

We were deeply saddened to learn today that Boston lost a tremendous leader and advocate with the death of former mayor Thomas Menino.

Throughout his five terms serving the city of Boston, Mayor Thomas Menino never stopped working for the advancement of the women both within City Hall and in the broader Boston community. 

Mayor Menino appointed the first women as his chief of staff and campaign manager. As cited by The Boston Globe, he appointed the city’s first woman police commissioner, first woman corporation counsel, and first woman director of the Boston Redevelopment Authority.

He was a strong supporter of the Boston Women’s Commission, which is tasked with addressing pressing issues affecting women and girls in Boston, and advancing programs and opportunities for all of Boston’s women and girls. Mayor Menino truly dedicated himself to ensuring that women and their families have access to the resources and tools they need to prosper. 

The Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus honored this work in 2012, naming him a Good Guy recipient for his work to promote women’s equality in Boston.

“We are thrilled to honor Mayor Menino as one of this year's Good Guys,” said former MWPC Executive Director Priti Rao. “He has worked tirelessly to remove barriers for women of all ages within the city of Boston and is working to create a new generation of leaders. He truly deserves to be called a 'Good Guy'.”

In Mayor Menino we found a tireless advocate on behalf of women and families. The Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus community will miss him dearly. Our thoughts are with the Menino family and team.