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  • Olivia Toscano

February 2024 IGNiTE the Capitol Advocacy Day Recap!

Updated: May 31

On February 8th, over 100 feminists flooded the State House to speak with legislators about our feminist agenda. Mass NOW, in partnership with IGNITE, convened feminists from across Massachusetts to advocate for four priority bills:

  • (H.534/S.2491) The I AM Bill to Increase Access to Menstrual Products

  • (H.544/S.268) The Health Youth Act to Provide comprehensive and inclusive sex ed in all public schools

  • (H.668/S.422) Parents Running for Office Bill to enable campaign funds for childcare

  • (H.3095/S.2029) Parity on Boards Bill to Promote Diversity on Public Boards and Commissions

We heard from incredible speakers who champion these four bills:

I AM Bill:

  • Senator Patricia Jehlen

  • Representative Christine Barber

  • Nesreen Ourdyl with the Center for Supporting Immigrant Organizing

Healthy Youth Act:

  • Senator Sal DiDomenico

  • Representative James O’Day

  • Representative Vanna Howard

  • Jamie Klufts from the Healthy Youth Coalition

Parents Running for Office Bill:

  • Representative Mike Connolly

  • Representative Joan Meschino

  • Senator Patricia Jehlen

  • Somerville City Councilor Kristen Strezo

  • Mary-dith Tuitt with the MA Commission on the Status of Women.

Gender Parity on Boards

  • Senators Jason Lewis

  • Representative Dawne Shand

  • Shaplaie Brooks with the MA Commission on LGBTQ Youth

It's not too late to write your legislators about these priority bills!

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