A Woman's Ways & Means, recounts her 24 years as Framingham's
state representative, serving under four governors and working
with some of Massachusetts' finest legislators. She helped found
many local groups and institutions, including Framingham's battered
women's shelter. There is no question that when it comes to women's
issues in Massachusetts, Barbara Gray has been a dedicated champion
and part of every success story for the last two decades.
The fact that she was the only child of a fervent Republican father
and "closet Democrat mother" may explain why she began
her political career as a liberal Republican, but later converted
to the Democratic party.
Barbara moved to Framingham and discovered there was no local
League of Women's Voters, she quickly founded one. Shortly thereafter,
she ran for Framingham planning board, one of many traditionally
male bastions that she would crack. In 1973, when she was elected
to the state legislature, she was part of a freshman class that
included Barney Frank, Edward Markey, and Ray Flynn.
education earned her a Bachelor of Arts in Social Anthropology
from Connecticut College for Women and a Master's degree in Public
Administration from Western New England College. She also studied
at Oxford University, England.
political career includes 24 years in the Massachusetts House
of Representatives, serving on the Ways and Means committee, 25
years as Framingham's delegate to the Metropolitan Area Planning
Council, and 11 years on the Framingham planning board. Her successfully
championed causes include prevention of domestic violence, supporting
a woman's right to choose, providing shelters for battered women,
reducing prison overcrowding, gun control, gay rights, environmental
issues, and seat belt laws.
is the recipient of numerous awards from national and state organizations,
including the National Office of Victims Assistance, Massachusetts
Council of Human Service Providers, Governors Council, Office
of Public Health, Legislators Association, Psychological Association,
Vietnam-Era Veterans, Patriot Girl Scout Council, and Massachusetts
Bay Community College.