BOSTON – State Representative Jennifer Benson (D-Lunenburg) announced that she will serve as a Massachusetts Caucus of Women Legislators Co-Vice Chair with Senator Linda Dorcena Forry (D-Dorchester) for the 2015-2016 legislative session. Representative Benson and Senator Forry will be joining the leadership of Chairs Senator Anne Gobi and Representative Gloria Fox.
“I am honored to serve as Co-Vice Chair with Senator Forry over the course of the 2015-2016 legislative session. The Caucus of Women Legislators provides valuable insight and discussion on issues that women and their families face every day,” said Representative Benson. “I look forward to continuing to collaborate with my colleagues as we work towards accomplishing the Caucus’ mission to enhance the economic status and equality of women, as well as to encourage and support women in all levels of government.”
Established in 1975, the Massachusetts Caucus of Women Legislators was formed with a mission to enhance the economic status and equality of women and to encourage and support women in all levels of government. It is a bi-partisan organization comprised of the women State Senators and State Representatives. There are currently 50 women legislators that make up 25% of the Massachusetts legislature. Throughout the history of the Commonwealth, only 189 women have served as elected officials in the legislature compared to over 20,000 men.