Washington, DC (July 24, 2018) -- After being recommended by the Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus (MWPC), Tahirah Amatul-Wadud, candidate for Congress in the First Congressional District of Massachusetts, has been endorsed by the National Women’s Political Caucus.
Speaking on the decision to award Amatul-Wadud its endorsement, NWPC President Donna Lent stated, “The National Women’s Political Caucus enthusiastically endorses Tahirah’s candidacy to represent Massachusetts’ 1st District in the United States House of Representatives. With her impressive experience as a lawyer, strong handle on policy and her tenacity, we are confident that Tahirah will be an important voice for women’s rights in Congress.”
Laurie Martinelli, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus added, “we were very excited to learn about Tahirah’s candidacy and to come out in support of her and the inspiring campaign she is running in District 1. Given her outstanding credentials and history of advocacy work for women in the state we are confident that if elected Tahirah will be a true champion for women’s rights in Massachusetts.”
Founded in 1971, the National Women's Political Caucus functions as a multi-partisan grassroots organization dedicated to increasing women’s participation in the political process. The Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus, founded the same year, serves as a nonpartisan organization committed to increasing the number of women elected to public office in the state of Massachusetts.
Upon learning of the MWPC recommendation and the NWPC endorsement Amatul-Wadud said, “I am deeply honored to be endorsed and supported by these two wonderful organizations doing the important work of uplifting and empowering the voices of women in our state and throughout the country. I am grateful to receive a vote of confidence from these organizations and, going into this election, I will take very seriously the responsibility to serve as a strong and courageous voice for women’s rights.”
As a lawyer and Commissioner on the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women, Amatul-Wadud has advocated before lawmakers and made public policy recommendations in support of equal pay for women, women’s rights, immigration reform and anti-bigotry resolutions at the district, state, and federal level. In June, Amatul-Wadud accepted the Women’s Funds Leadership Institute for Political and Public Impact (LIPPI) Alumna Achievement Award for her leadership in the western Massachusetts community.
Since declaring her candidacy Amatul-Wadud has received a steadily growing list of organizational endorsements. Over the last three months, her candidacy has been mentioned as a “progressive primary to watch” by the New York Times, CNN, the Associated Press, and other national and regional news outlets. Amatul-Wadud is running as a primary challenger against Democratic incumbent Richard E. Neal in the Massachusetts primary election on September 4th.