Martha Coakley today announced the endorsement of Gloria Steinem, founding editor and publisher of Ms. magazine, co-founder of organizations including the National Women's Political Caucus and Choice USA, and one of the preeminent women's rights activists of the last half-century.
"I'm proud to stand with Martha Coakley," said Gloria Steinem. "She is the one candidate who can give Massachusetts a future as proud and pioneering as its past. She not only brings with her the caring, commitment and issues of Senator Edward Kennedy, but the leadership to advance them in this twenty-first century. As the first woman ever to represent Massachusetts in the U.S. Senate, she will be an historic advocate for women and families, and a voice for unity in the state and the nation. Millions will be looking to Massachusetts on December 8th -- if Martha wins, democracy wins."
"I am honored to have the endorsement of Gloria Steinem, who has done so much to advance women's rights and gender equality in our society," said Martha Coakley. "From my college days, as a member of Williams College's first class to admit women to my becoming the first female Middlesex District Attorney and first female Massachusetts Attorney General, I have been used to breaking barriers. In Washington, I will continue working to ensure that everyone is treated equally under the law, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation or gender identity."
Gloria Steinem is one of the most recognized women's rights activists of our times. Steinem is the founding editor and publisher of Ms. magazine. She has also founded or co-founded numerous organizations including the National Women's Political Caucus, the Women's Action Alliance, the Coalition of Labor Union Women, the Women's Media Center, and Choice USA.
Coakley became Massachusetts' first female Attorney General in January 2007. Since then, she has established herself as a leader on a variety of issues affecting Massachusetts residents, including addressing the foreclosure crisis that has plagued so many families. She has a proven track record of taking on Wall Street and protecting consumers, recovering record settlements in enforcement actions from companies such as Goldman Sachs and Fremont Investment and Loan for violating consumer protection laws. As part of her Cyber Crime Initiative, Coakley revolutionized the tools available to prosecutors for fighting crime in the 21st century, ensuring that Massachusetts is on the cutting edge of public safety.
Coakley, 56, was raised in North Adams. She is a graduate of Williams College in Williamstown, MA, where she was a member of the first class admitted to the college that included female students. She received her law degree from Boston University School of Law in 1979. Coakley resides in Medford with her husband, Thomas F. O'Connor, a retired police Deputy Superintendent.