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What is the Role of the Women's Caucus in Annapolis?

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Credit: Flickr / thisisbossiJanuary 31, 2014

Last year, the General Assembly passed a law requiring employers to make reasonable accommodations  for pregnant women.  The legislature also strengthened laws dealing with human trafficking, and required that the state study business development opportunities for ex-offenders.  Those measures were all passed with the support of the Women Legislators of Maryland, known informally as the women’s caucus.  The caucus was formed in 1969, the first of its kind in the country.  

State Senator Nancy King, Democrat of Montgomery County is the President of the Women Legislators of Maryland.  "There's not as much a need as there was years ago," she said referring to how women legislators once had to lobby for a convenient restroom.   

Here, she talks with Tom Hall about the priorities of the group, and a new mentoring program the women's caucus is beginning.  

We spoke with the chair of the legislative black caucus last week, Delegate Aisha Braveboy--you can listen to that interview here.

Produced by Stephanie Hughes.


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