Erin Matson

Treating young women as sidekicks in a women's movement is anti-feminist, particularly in a legislative context where older white men are obsessed with controlling and restricting younger women's bodies, and demonizing those who dare to have sex and live their lives anyway. ~ from, Being a Young Feminist Can Turn a Girl Old

The “Grand Bargain”

It's an irritating phrase, mostly because it implies a collaboration in reaching a desired outcome. But I'm critical of the process that got us to the GB. It was not the kind of process I would have wanted. Actually, there was no process. Legislators saw the compromise bill Wednesday morning and voted it Wednesday afternoon. … Continue reading The “Grand Bargain”

A Reason to Hope

There has never been a more critical time to join the fight to end Alzheimer's disease. More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's and over 15 million Americans are providing unpaid care and support. Both of these numbers are expected to triple by 2050. While the numbers are astounding, the Alzheimer's Association and advocates, … Continue reading A Reason to Hope

My Statement on the SJC’s Fair Share Amendment Decision

As one of the original signers of the Fair Share Amendment, I am deeply disappointed in today’s SJC decision that prevents the proposed amendment from going on the ballot and being put before the people of our Commonwealth. This decision makes it clear that a strong, progressive coalition in the legislature is more important than … Continue reading My Statement on the SJC’s Fair Share Amendment Decision

YES for Human Rights

This November, basic protections for our transgender neighbors will be on the ballot in Massachusetts. We must vote YES for fairness, respect, and dignity by upholding the law to protect the rights of transgender people in public spaces. Right now it’s illegal to discriminate against a person simply because they are transgender. A small group … Continue reading YES for Human Rights


Thursday, May 31, 7 PM: Lexington Democratic Town Committee Candidate Forum, Representative Ken Gordon (Bedford/Burlington/Wilmington) moderates, Church of Our Redeemer, 6 Meriam Street more info Friday & Saturday, June 1-2: State Democratic Convention, Worcester more info Wednesday, June 6, 7 PM: Woburn Democratic City Committee Candidate Forum, Lowell Sun's Tom Zuppa moderates, Woburn Memorial High School auditorium, … Continue reading Events

Mary Ann Stewart for State Rep Earns Candidate Distinction

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a grassroots movement of Americans fighting for new and stronger solutions to lax gun laws and loopholes, has recognized Mary Ann Stewart for State Representative for standing up for gun violence prevention and gun safety as a Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Candidate. "As the largest gun … Continue reading Mary Ann Stewart for State Rep Earns Candidate Distinction

The Women Who Run

On Patriots' Day, before marathoners take their marks and pancake breakfasts are served, re-enactors will stir in the morning haze as John Hancock's nimble-footed secretary protects a trunkload of Patriot-activist papers from British Regulars descending on Lexington's Battle Green. When the Stamp Act crisis developed in 1765, signaling the revolutionary era, Patriot-activists were quick to … Continue reading The Women Who Run


Peace. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart. ~ Unknown Photo credit: Mary Ann Stewart