FRAMINGHAM – The Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus is holding a Celebration of Elected Women of Color and will bestow Public Service Awards to three women, including Framingham Mayor Yvonne Spicer.
The caucus’ annual fundraiser will be held virtually on November 17 at 6 p.m.
Since 1971, Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus has been an advocate for equal representation for women in all areas of society.
These awards recognize that their goal of attaining equality can only be reached through the concerted efforts of both men and women in all areas of professional and political life.
The Caucus wants to specifically recognize the achievements of women of color as they have historically been un- and/or under-represented in public policy spaces.
Other recipients are Boston City Councilor Lydia Edwards and Pittsfield City Councilor Helen Moon.
Mayor Spicer took office in 2018, officially becoming one of the eight Black female mayors in the country. She has a Doctorate of Education and is a former advisor to the National Governors Association. As “The People’s Mayor,” she is committed to forming a fair and transparent government that values full community participation, said a press release.
City Councilor Moon is one of Pittsfield’s 11 councilors; she is one of two Asian-Americans and one of three women who currently sits on the Council. Her key policy issues are the environment, education, and health care and she is a tireless advocate for youth.
City Councilor Edwards built her career as an activist and advocate for the City of Boston’s most vulnerable populations. As a public interest attorney, she focused on labor issues and as a councilor, she is committed to fighting for homeless and tenants’ rights, ensuring all students have access to a quality education and supporting small and local businesses, among other key issues.