Over 150 Attend Emerge Massachusetts Spring Fundraiser to Support Women in Politics in Massachusetts

State Auditor Suzanne Bump and Fitchburg Mayor Lisa Wong address supporters and attendees

Boston, MA: Emerge Massachusetts, an organization that recruits and trains Democratic women to pursue public office, welcomed over 150 attendees at their annual spring fundraiser Wednesday evening in Boston. The event was hosted by Beth Boland, an Emerge Massachusetts Advisory Council member at Bingham McCutchen in downtown Boston.

State Auditor Suzanne Bump, the first woman Auditor in Massachusetts, was the keynote speaker for the evening. She reflected on her own run for office and the importance of Emerge Massachusetts. She noted that the statistics are still staggering. Women make up only 24% of the State House here in Massachusetts and only 16% of U.S. Congress.  

“I am proud to be the first female State Auditor in Massachusetts and am thrilled to support Emerge Massachusetts because I know they are working to ensure I am not the last,” said State Auditor Suzanne Bump.  She went on to say “Government works better when it reflects the diversity of the people it serves. We need more women at all levels of government, from City Hall to the State House.”

The event also showcased the Class of 2011, Emerge Massachusetts’ largest and most diverse class yet. With 25 women from all over the Commonwealth and 52% women of color, the Class of 2011 is an impressive group of future women leaders. Harmony Wu, a member of the Class of 2011, spoke about her experience in the program. “Emerge Massachusetts hasn’t just given me the skills I need as a potential candidate, it has given me the confidence I need to pursue public office and a new network of women who will support me when I do.”

Since its inception in 2007, Emerge Massachusetts has trained nearly 50 women to run for office and of the seven who have run for office, five have won. The Class of 2011 will graduate this summer adding another 25 graduates to the program.

Emerge Massachusetts also unveiled the inaugural members of the Men’s Leadership Council Wednesday evening, an elite group of men committed to supporting the organization as it grows. The inaugural members are: Chris Esposito, Bob Massie, Todd Patkin, Jeff Ross, Jeffrey Thomas, and John Walsh.

About Emerge Massachusetts:
Emerge Massachusetts is the premier political training program for Democratic women in the state. We inspire them to run; we hone their skills to win. Our goal is clear: to increase the number of Democratic women in office.  For more information, see www.emergema.org.

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