Boston’s Women’s Groups Have Questions For The Next Mayor
The candidates won't get away with talking about how great their wives, mothers, and daughters are.
A coalition of organizations want to make certain that women’s issuesâ€”serious, sometimes uncomfortable issuesâ€”get some attention during this year’s mayoral campaign.
They’d also like to get the next mayor, whoever that may be, on record in support of concrete action on those issuesâ€”and not let the candidates get away with just talking about how great their mothers, wives, and daughters are.
Their effort, called ELEVATE, will be unveiled later today, I am told.
It will include a three-part mission statement, a questionnaire for all the mayoral candidates, and plans for an October 16 forum between the two final contendersâ€”where, a coalition participant tells me, “icky things” will be discussed.
Icky things like: medically accurate sex education; sexual and gender identity; health disparities; health care access; pay equality; living wage; family-friendly job benefits; domestic violence; sexual exploitation; street harassment; and safe shelter.
Coalition members include NARAL/Pro-Choice MA, Planned Parenthood MA, Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, Casa Myrna, Renewal House, Future Boston, Mass Equality, MA Alliance on Teen Pregnancy, Hollaback!, Bethany House, REACH, Connect 2 Protect, and Close To Home.
The none-too-subtle hand of Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley appears to be very involved as well. I’ll have more details and info about participants lated.
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