After reading Shirley Leung’s column “Women have become a defining force in Mass. politics,” Opinion, Sept. 6), I’d like to add my support to the momentum women in politics are experiencing.

Across the country, increasing numbers of women spanning the political spectrum are seeking elected office. In early August, NPR reported that 185 women across the nation had secured their party’s nomination in House races. With the nominations of Ayanna Pressley and, pending a final count, Lori Trahan in the Third Congressional District, that number continues to rise.

As someone who, early in my career, was too often the only woman leader in the room, I know how important it is for young people to see women in decision-making roles, whether that’s in elected office, business and industry, the nonprofit sector, or media.

Thank you to our retiring US representative, Niki Tsongas, who has played that critical role for the last decade in Congress, and congratulations to the women, at all levels of government and from all 50 states, who are grabbing ahold of the opportunities in front of them and elevating their communities in the process. Our country is best served when elected leaders reflect the diversity of its people.

Jacqueline Moloney


University of

Massachusetts Lowell

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