January 23, 2017

BOSTON – Representative Joan Meschino (D-Hull) was proud to join more than 175,000 women at the Women’s March in Boston on Saturday. Marchers from all over Massachusetts and New England assembled in solidarity with women in over 600 sister marches across the world. The March, which advocated for a host of social justice, environmental, and women’s issues, was an important first step toward unifying our communities and creating positive change through grassroots engagement.

Representative Meschino attended to show support of not only the women of the 3rd Plymouth district, but of the entire Commonwealth and country.

Representative Meschino said, “It was an honor to stand side-by-side with the women of my community on this historic day to call for respect, dignity, and equality for women. This march stands as a testament to our ability to organize in an impactful and peaceful way.”

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, and Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, and Attorney General Maura Healey addressed the crowd.  Also in attendance was Representative Stephen Lynch.

In her continued effort to advocate for women’s issues, Representative Meschino participated on a panel Thursday night sponsored by the Women’s Bar Association in partnership with the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus entitled, “Running for Office: The Inside Story.” The event – which was was well attended by both women and men seeking to run for public office – focused on the issues that women have faced in the political world.

Representative Meschino was one of four panelists who discussed their experiences in politics and the challenges they have faced along the way. Other panelists included, Lydia Edwards who ran for the First Suffolk and Middlesex Senate District; Lori Ehrlich, State Representative for the Eighth Essex District; and Brianna Sullivan, who ran for State Representative for the First Essex District. The event was coordinated by Ann Bookman, Director at the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy at UMASS Boston.

“Though women have made great strides in breaking into the political sphere over the last few decades, there is much work to be done.” Said Representative Meschino. “Events such as this are essential in that they encourage women to get involved in politics. We deserve more women in politics.”