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Friedman named chair of women legislators

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Sen. Cindy F. Friedman, Democrat of Arlington, has been appointed Senate chair of the Massachusetts Caucus of Women Legislators by Senate President Karen Spilka, Democrat of Ashland.

One of Friedman’s first tasks will be to assist in the hiring process of a new executive director, a position previously held by Lauren Scribi.

The caucus was previously chaired by Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry, Democrat of Boston, who recently left the Senate to serve as vice president of diversity, inclusion and community relations at Suffolk Construction.

“I’m so grateful that Senate President Spilka has given me the opportunity to serve as chair of this very important caucus,” Friedman said in an Nov. 7 news release. “I look forward to working with my colleagues to advance the Caucus of Women Legislators’ agenda by fighting for initiatives that will ensure equal pay for equal work, stop sexual harassment in the workplace, and ensure equitable access to health care.”

Friedman’s duties will include working in coordination with Rep. Carolyn Dykema, Democrat of Holliston, the House chair, and caucus members to advocate for policy initiatives that benefit women, facilitate networking events to connect and empower women, and raise awareness and engage the public about issues impacting women across the Commonwealth.

Established in 1975, the Massachusetts Caucus of Women Legislators was formed with a mission to enhance the economic status and equality of women and to encourage and support women in all levels of government. It is a bicameral and bipartisan organization that is comprised of the women state legislators at the State House.

Friedman represents the Fourth Middlesex district, which includes Arlington, Billerica, Burlington, Woburn and Precincts 1-2 and 4-7 in Lexington.

This news announcement was published Sunday, June 10, 2018.This news announcement was published Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018.

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