Women make up over half of the world’s population and today, International Women’s Day, we celebrate the progress that has been made and highlight the obstacles women still face around the globe. This Women's Day is particularly important because women and men, together in solidarity, are celebrating "A Day Without a Woman" action, to highlight women's economic power and its importance to our world's stability.
However, I believe in order to truly have gender
equality we must make women's equality a priority every day of the
Long before taking office as your Treasurer, I believed
that for society to be equal and just, we must empower all women and girls. As
Treasurer, I have committed to creating programs and policies that would help
erase the gender gap, break down barriers, and create opportunity.
establishing the first of its kind, Office of Economic Empowerment to
launching www.EqualPayMA.com, we have laid a foundation in
the Massachusetts Treasurer’s office to provide women with the information and
tools to aide them in achieving equal pay for equal work.
We have hosted
Regional Wage Equality Roundtables and a Women in STEM summit, launched a
Women’s Economic Empowerment Series, and created the Women in Finance Fellowship
– All with the goal of wage equality and financial
I was determined not just to talk the talk, but
walk the walk. From leadership positions, where 3 out of 5 of my Deputy
Treasurers are women, to every office within Treasury, women are being hired and
are advancing. And our 12 week paid parental leave is just one example of the
policies that support women and families. We even conducted an internal audit to
ensure men and women are paid equally, and piloted a flex time schedule too.
I am proud of what we have done in the Massachusetts
Treasurer’s Office to fight for gender equality, but our fight is far from
It is up to all of us to continue to move forward toward
the goal of equality. We may take a small step or a large leap, but we must
continue to move forward. Each woman we empower, each playing field that is
leveled, each young girl who doesn’t see a glass ceiling, but sees an open door
is a victory.
Please join me in
continuing this fight for all of our mothers, sisters, daughters and