(BOSTON) – On November 21st, The Massachusetts Caucus of Women Legislators announced the selection of new Co-Chairs and Board of Directors for the 2023-2024 legislative session, following a first-time inclusive application process. State Representative Joan Meschino (D-Hull) will continue to serve as an At-Large Board Member of the bipartisan group, which consists of both House and Senate legislators who are committed to enhancing the opportunities and outcomes of women in the Commonwealth.

“I am grateful to again serve in the Leadership of the Women’s Caucus next session,” said Representative Joan Meschino (D-Hull). “I look forward to critically engaging with my colleagues in the Legislature to continue to support efforts aimed at positively impacting women’s issues in Massachusetts.”

In the 192nd Legislative Session, the Women’s Caucus led the way on the passage of multiple bills and also made significant progress on priority bills. H.769 / S.475, An Act supporting parents running for public office, was a Caucus priority filed by Representatives Meschino and Connolly that would allow campaign funds to be used to pay for child care that would not exist but for the campaign. This legislation promotes equity and leads to a more diverse elected body by supporting a more diverse candidate pool. Other areas of focus for the Women’s Caucus this past session included the creation of a women’s rights history trail, as well as advocacy for free menstrual products for vulnerable populations.

The Massachusetts Caucus of Women Legislators was founded in 1975 with a mission to improve the economic well-being and equality of women and to encourage and support women in all levels of government. In January, following this recent election, the Caucus will have upwards of 60 members—comprising about 30% of the Legislature. When the 193rd Legislative Session begins, the Caucus will work with all its members to determine strategic and legislative priorities for the new year.