The Bay State has 11 women mayors, more than ever before. That means women run 25 percent of the 44 Massachusetts cities that have a mayor-council form of government. And that, according to a study due to be released today, is the highest rate in the state's history.
"To see this kind of jump in a couple of years means that women are perhaps reaching for and achieving representation in ways that they had not in the past," said Carol Hardy-Fanta, director of the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy at the University of Massachusetts at Boston, which conducted the study. "It's a sign of the times."
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