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International Women’s Day 2016

I want to dedicate this piece, written by Zelda, to my mother who was mayor of my home town. Her two favorite sayings were, “Wash your face, you will feel better,” and “Walk a mile in their shoes before you judge them.” She taught me a lot.

2016womensdayI have been very fortunate to have some very good women in my life and I think it’s because of my mom that I accepted them as equals and mentors all of them strong and gifted. My wife Louise, and two of the best colleagues I ever had the pleasure to serve with, Mary Pat Flynn and Virginia Valiela and of course Zelda MacGregor, PH.D.

Today is International Women’s Day. Every year on March 8, we celebrate and appreciate the contributions women make from our local communities to the global communities. It’s a wonderful thing to do, but we should do it every day of the year, not just one.

The theme of this year’s Women’s Day is Step Up Equality. I could not agree more. When Women’s Day conversations first started almost 100 years ago (yes, that recently), it was called Working Women’s Day and it focused heavily on the unique contributions and struggles of working women in an economy that, to this day, is not very nice to women.

Women who work often don’t make as much as their male counterparts in the same jobs. Women who work often fall behind their male counterparts if they choose to have a family (and that’s when we give them the choice) because they are denied sufficient paid leave after giving birth, affordable healthcare, access to quality healthcare, affordable child care and so much more (all of this while being paid less than men).

It is an obvious fact that women of all stripes–whether they work or not–contribute to our society and, just as obvious, we need to send a stronger message to the world that those contributions are valued and appreciated. We need to recognize that a woman who chooses to have a family and work deserves affordable options to care for her family. We need to recognize that women who choose not to have a family are making the choice that is best for them and fully support their endeavors and applaud their contributions.

We need to pay women a fair and equal wage, not soon, not in 10 years, not in 20 years, but now. A fair and livable wage should not be decided by gender.

We need to provide accessible, affordable and quality healthcare to all women- everywhere. A woman’s health is between herself and her doctor; it is not the business of anyone else, especially legislators.

We need to stand together and proudly applaud the incredible and defining contributions women have made, do make and will make to this planet and we need to do it every day.

Press Release: Matt Patrick’s Position on the Supreme Court Ruling against Massachusetts Buffer Zones


June 26, 2014
CONTACT: Zelda MacGregor, 774.269.8867, zelda@votemattpatrick.org

State Senate Candidate Matt Patrick responds to The United States Supreme Court Ruling to overturn Massachusetts’
Buffer Zone law.

Plymouth-Matt Patrick, Democratic candidate for State Senate in the Plymouth and Barnstable District and former State
Representative from Cape Cod, was disappointed by the US Supreme Court’s ruling to overturn the Massachusetts Buffer
Zone law. The law, enacted by the MA Legislature in 2007, created a 35 foot safety zone around the entrances to family
planning clinics to help prevent violence against women seeking reproductive health.
“I’m disheartened by this decision,” Patrick said upon hearing the news. “That law protected people from the epidemic
of violence against women that occurs at these places. Massachusetts was a leader on this issue in 2007 when we
passed the law and I voted for the bill.”
“That there is violence and intimidation outside these locations every day in this country is a reality we’ve got to be
honest about and address with laws that protect women – women who are already distressed. The Buffer Zone did not
stop opponents from expressing their opinion. It only enforced a safety bubble around the entrance of the building.
Massachusetts needs to be a leader on these issues again, and I will work every day to make certain we are.”
Patrick has been a long-time supporter of women’s rights and has strong voting record to prove it from his 10 years in
the House. He voted for the Buffer Zone when it passed 122-28 in November 2007.
For more information about Patrick and his voting history, see his website at www.electmattpatrick.org.