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8/26/2021
  • Executive Office of Health and Human Services
The Executive Office of Health and Human Services Celebrates Women's Equality Day

At the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS), the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (ODEI) supports EOHHS' efforts to employ, develop, and retain a high performing, diverse workforce that leverages an inclusive and equitable work environment to equitably deliver superior health and human services to Massachusetts residents. As part of that important work, ODEI highlights days and observances that reflect the diversity of our workforce and those we serve.

On this date in 1920, Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby signed into law the constitutional right for American (white) women to vote. Women’s Equality Day celebrates the achievements of women’s rights activists around the globe, including women of color such as Ida B. Wells, Sojourner Truth, and many others at the forefront of the movement.  While monumental, the 19th Amendment didn’t grant access to the ballot box for Black/African American women who did not obtain the right to vote until the Voting Rights Act of 1965. As the struggle for voting rights continues even today, the Women’s Suffrage Movement stands as a strong reminder of what can be accomplished in the face of adversity.

Here at EOHHS, we celebrate Women's Equality every day. Overall, across the Secretariat, nearly 69% of our entire workforce identify as women. Across the EOHHS agencies, nearly 62% identify as women. And it's even higher among our leadership; on the Secretariat level, nearly 70% of executive leadership and officials are women, and more than 63% at our agencies.

Here are some additional resources about Women's Equality Day:

Executive Office of Health and Human Services 

The Executive Office of Health and Human Services is the largest secretariat in state government and is comprised of 12 agencies, in addition to 2 soldiers’ homes and the MassHealth program. Our efforts are focused on the health, resilience, and independence of the one in four residents of the Commonwealth we serve. Our public health programs touch every community in the Commonwealth.
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