League of Women Voters of Massachusetts honors Pam Wilmot with the ‘Lucy Stone Lifetime Achievement Award’

The League of Women Voters of Massachusetts has honored Pam Wilmot’s decades of work with Common Cause Massachusetts, presenting her with their “Lucy Stone Lifetime Achievement Award.”

LWVMA Director Nancy Brumback presented Wilmot with the award yesterday, during the online celebration of its 100th anniversary.

“LWVMA salutes you for your many years of building broad coalitions, drafting legislators and other state officials and employing grassroots organizing strategies to win dozens of ground-breaking election reforms in Massachusetts,” the commendation reads. “Thank you for being the Commonwealth’s ‘watchdog-in-chief’ calling out questionable actions affecting voting, campaign finance and redistricting. LWMVA has been honored to be your close partner in many of these endeavors.”

Wilmot has served with Common Cause Massachusetts for more than 22 years. She was promoted to Vice President of State Operations for Common Cause earlier this year. She now oversees a nationwide network of 30 state offices and advisory boards, including Common Cause Massachusetts.

“I’ve stuck with this work because of you—the friends, colleagues, activists, and elected officials who inspire me every day,” Wilmot said. “Fighting for Democracy is not easy, but it is deeply gratifying. Working for Common Cause and our mission of promoting open, accountable government and free and fair elections allows me to affect every other issue I care about, because we won’t have good solutions to the problems that plague our state or nation until all government decisions are made on the merits and in the public interest.”

“It means a lot to me personally to accept an award named after such an inspirational leader, Lucy Stone,” Wilmot added. “If I embody one tenth of Lucy’s grit and determination, I will count myself lucky.”

About Lucy Stone: Born in West Brookfield, Massachusetts in 1818 Lucy Stone was the first woman from Massachusetts to receive a college degree. She went on to a long career as an abolitionist and advocate for women’s rights. She organized the first national women’s convention in Worcester (1850) and founded and promoted the Women’s Journal (1870-1931), which played a significant role in driving the conversation about women’s suffrage.