Boston, MA

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

Women Who Lead: Past to Present (Women’s History Month Celebration) was a panel discussion hosted on March 28 by the Massachusetts Caucus of Women Legislators with Senator Jen Flanagan, Rep. Colleen Garry, Rep. Christine Barber, former Senator Lois Pines, former Rep. Kathy Teahan.  One speaker, Senator Lois Pines, spoke about the continued state policy battle she led in Massachusetts defending the Equal Credit Opportunity Act and the right for women to have a line of credit without a husband. Recently, Massachusetts passed S.2119, now Chapter 177 of the Acts of 2016. The new law will go into effect July 2018, and gives women more opportunities to bridge the wage gap by enabling employees to discuss their salaries freely, and prohibiting applications from detailing their salary history. The bill was passed with bipartisan support, and supported by the Massachusetts Caucus of Women Legislators led by Executive Director, Lauren Scribi.