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July 3, 2016(Featured in Newton TAB)
Newton's Marcia Johnson, Kathleen Hobson honored by state
NEWTON, MA - Newton residents Kathleen Hobson and Marcia Johnson were honored as members of the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women's 2016 class of Unsung Heroines.
State Rep. Kay Khan recommended Ms. Johnson for this honor in recognition of her years of dedicated public service to the City of Newton, and state Rep. Ruth B. Balser recommended Ms. Hobson in recognition of her leadership role in advocating for affordable housing in Newton. Ms. Hobson and Ms. Johnson were honored with other
Unsung Heroines for their outstanding contributions to their community in a ceremony at the Statehouse in Boston.
Kathleen Hobson is a leader in a volunteer housing advocacy organization in Newton, named Engine 6. She has been instrumental in leading efforts to expand affordable housing in Newton. She helped to organize hundreds of residents to lobby in support of a mixed-income housing project in Newton, as well as collaborating with others to support a proposal to convert a decommissioned fire station into a home for formerly homeless individuals.
Marcia Johnson has lived in Newton for 32 years and has served on the Board of Aldermen for 16 years. She is a strong supporter of affordable housing programs, also serving as a vocal advocate for the highly controversial mixed-income housing development in Newton. As an Alderman, she pushed for policies that would support diversity in Newton and better the quality of life for all Newton residents.
The Unsung Heroines are women who don't make the news, but make the difference. They are the women who use their time, talent and enthusiasm to enrich the lives of others and make a difference in their neighborhoods, cities and towns. They are mentors, volunteers and innovators who do what needs to be done without expectations of recognition or gratitude. These women are the glue that keeps a community together and every community is better because of their contribution.
The Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women is an independent state agency that was legislatively created in 1998 to advance women of the Commonwealth to full equality in all areas of life including their rights and opportunities. The MCSW provides a permanent, effective voice for the women of Massachusetts.