"Portraits of past Senate presidents hanging in Karen Spilka’s office featured almost all male faces — until Spilka temporarily replaced each with an important woman in state history.
The Legislature has a record number of women in office this year, but Senate President Karen Spilka is well aware that progress is - historically speaking - a new trend.
Women were granted the right to vote in the United States in 1919, just about a century ago, Spilka pointed out on Thursday. And to add a little perspective, in Massachusetts, more than 20,000 men have served as representatives and senators, compared to only 210 women.
And the portraits of past Senate presidents hanging in Spilka’s office featured almost all male faces — that is, until Spilka last week temporarily replaced each one with an important woman from the state’s history."
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