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Joyce Ferriabough-Bolling

7/6/2011, 11:57 a.m.

Joyce Ferriabough-Bolling

The Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus (MWPC) is proud to announce and congratulate Board Secretary Joyce Ferriabough-Bolling for being honored with a 2011 National Women’s Political Caucus (NWPC) “Woman of Courage Award” for her outstanding work promoting civil rights and equality.

She will be honored alongside nine other extraordinary women, including former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Nobel Prize Nominee Rubina Bhatti and former Labor Secretary Alexis Herman.

Ferriabough-Bolling was instrumental in helping to elect the first woman of color to the Massachusetts State Senate, the first Haitian American woman elected to the State Legislature in the United States, and the election of her friend and protégé as the first woman of color elected to the Boston City Council in its 100 year history. Most recently, Campaign and Politics Magazine named her one of the Commonwealth’s Top 100 Political Influencers, describing her as a “Democratic grande dame, longtime message masseuse and fundraiser.”

“We are thrilled that one of our own will receive this award,” said Pam Nourse, president of the MWPC Board. “We are proud of Joyce’s history of accomplishments as a respected community leader …”

The awards will be presented at the NWPC 20th Biennial Convention in Washington, D.C.