100 Women We Love 2015

We are thrilled to present this year’s 100 Women We Love—an incredibly diverse group of out entertainers, athletes, artists, activists, business leaders and elected officials.

MAURA HEALEY

On January 21, 2015, Maura Healey was sworn in as Massachusetts´ attorney general and America´s first openly gay state AG. The Harvard-trained litigator is used to setting precedents-she was once a starting point guard for a professional women´s basketball team in Europe, despite being five feet four inches tall. Prior to her landmark election-culminating her first-ever run for public office-Healey was head of the Civil Rights Division and chief of the Public Protection and Business & Labor Bureaus in the attorney general´s office, where she led the state´s challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act. Healey has also shut down predatory lenders and worked with banks to restructure homeowners´ mortgages, preventing foreclosures. She also supports women´s unfettered access to reproductive healthcare, clean energy development, fighting the growing problem of opiate addiction in the state, and improving mental health care in the criminal justice system. “It´s a sign of progress here in the state that [being gay] wasn´t the first thing every time,” Healey told The Boston Globe, referring to her campaign and the attention it earned from the media. -KL