Friday, February 01, 2008
Women’s Bar Association backs Boland
EAST MOLINE, IL – State Rep. Mike Boland (D-East Moline) has earned the endorsement of the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois (WBAI) in his bid for re-election as state representative of the 71st district.
“It is an honor and a privilege to be acknowledged and endorsed by some of the brightest legal minds in the state, and country,” Boland said. “The WBAI has displayed an unwavering commitment to promoting and supporting the success of women lawyers in Illinois.”
WBAI's mission is to ensure the success of women attorneys through business and professional development and to advocate for women's interests. WBAI offers networking events, substantive law committees, and a judicial candidate evaluation program.
Despite an often bitter political climate in Springfield last year, Boland helped pass legislation requiring insurance companies to cover lifesaving breast cancer screening for women age 18 and over, and to provide additional testing and monitoring for women with a family history of ovarian cancer. Boland also passed legislation requiring the Illinois Department of Public Health to develop a program to provide HPV vaccines to women who cannot afford them.
“The WBAI’s efforts over the years on behalf of women’s issues have been truly impressive and set a wonderful example for young women who aspire to be attorneys and judges,” Boland said. “I look forward to continuing to work with the WBAI to guarantee equal rights for all.”
Boland represents the 71st district which includes Rock Island, Carroll, Henry and Whiteside counties.