PRESS RELEASE: CDM Women's Caucus Motivate Women Across Massachusetts
Women from Smith College, Wellesley College, Mount Holyoke College, and Harvard University partnered with Raise Up Massachusetts to call female voters.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg once said that "women belong in all places where decisions are being made, they should never be the exception," and the College Democrats of Massachusetts have taken the message to heart. Over the last week, the CDM Women's Caucus has been working hard at the phones with a specific goal in mind: for women to talk directly to women about the importance of women in politics, and what is at stake for all women in Massachusetts in this election.
This November, Massachusetts voters are breaking barriers by having four women on the statewide ballot who will be wonderful advocates for and paragons of women’s rightful place in politics, but CDM's women-to-women initiative is about even more. The Women’s Caucus reached out to 1,764 women in the Commonwealth to spread a message of empowerment, stressing the importance of women’s rights and to advocate for a greater role for women in politics, in Massachusetts and beyond. Women's empowerment is crucial and necessary to break the cycle of exclusion and dismissal of women from every level of politics, and to turn the negative conversations around women in politics into substantial discussion. Empowering women has a very positive ripple effect as well because of the trusted and powerful voice of women in their families and communities- to empower women is to empower all voters.
The women to women initiative also tackled the issues at hand this November. The Women's Caucus was thrilled to partner with Raise Up MA to call women across the Commonwealth to discuss Question 4 on this year's ballot, which would guarantee earned sick leave for all Massachusetts workers. While many employers in Massachusetts already offer some measure of sick leave, close to a million workers in the state do not have any access to it, including almost a third of all working women in the state. Giving these hundreds of thousands of hardworking people access to paid sick time is as much a women’s issue as anything else. Paid sick time means less hard choices between working and caring for sick loved ones, and also gives the mothers of nearly twenty thousand babies per year in Massachusetts some measure of paid leave after childbirth that they were excluded from beforehand. YES on Question 4 is a matter of justice for all, and justice for women in the workplace - a cause that CDM, the Women’s Caucus, and Raise Up are proud to champion.
After such a rousing success by the Smith College Democrats, Wellesley College Democrats, Mount Holyoke College Democrats, Harvard University Democrats, Raise Up MA, the Women’s Caucus and the entire CDM team, the College Democrats of Massachusetts are excited to continue the fight for fairness for women in politics and in the workplace, until election day on November 4th and far beyond.