Lindsay is one of 46 women elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives on November 6, 2018.
We asked Lindsay what the catalyst of her decision to run for State Representative was. Her response: “While it is impossible to boil my motivations for running down to a single reason, a catalyst was the now infamous picture of an all-white, all-male congressional meeting to discuss whether maternal health care services are “essential.” I decided to run for State Representative because I know that we will not have real representation until we shift the power structure. It is not just about electing any woman; it’s about electing women who understand that the current system is rigged to avoid sharing power and that real representation comes only when we elect people who are able to name the problems since we cannot fix what we cannot see. The path to elected office is rough and all uphill, but it is well worth it for a seat at the table and a chance to address the structural problems that have long made equity elusive in our legislative process.”
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The first woman to ever hold the 1st Hampshire District seat, Lindsay Sabadosa has her AB from Wellesley College (‘02) and her MSc from the University of Edinburgh (‘06). She was the recipient of the Wellesley-Yenching Program Fellowship, which led her to spend a year in Nanjing, China as a fellow at Ginling College at Nanjing University. She then moved to Italy where she worked in Marketing & Communications at CUP2000, a company in Bologna that strives to improve access and delivery of health care and provide telemedicine solutions throughout the European Union. In the same period, she opened her own small business, a translation firm, specializing in Italian and French legal and financial translation with a focus on international litigation, contract law, and finance. She ran this firm, with over 300 clients on six continents, for nearly 17 years until her election.
A community organizer at heart, Sabadosa organized her first protest march at the age of nine to protest the closing of her hometown library due to budget cuts. She quickly became involved in political campaigns starting in high school, volunteering on campaigns for former Congressman John Olver, former Senator John Kerry, and several local officials. She soon began to focus her electoral work on women candidates, working for both local and state-wide women candidates, and ultimately joining the Board of Directors of Emerge Massachusetts in order to deepen and expand her interest in building benches.
Sabadosa also serves as an Alumna Admissions Representative for Wellesley College, interviewing dozens of candidates each year, and is on the board of the Wellesley Club of the Pioneer Valley. She helped spearhead and organize several Three Sisters Events in the Pioneer Valley for Wellesley, Mount Holyoke, and Smith, which focus on getting alums to mentor the next generation and increase their involvement in their community.
A long-time champion for reproductive justice, she is a long-standing volunteer with the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts and on the Board (and intake team) of the Abortion Rights Fund of Western Massachusetts. She is also a founding board member of DARLA, the Doula Association for Reproductive Loss and Abortion, which brought abortion and reproductive loss doula training to the Pioneer Valley for the first time. She also sits on the statewide organizing committees for Medicare for All and helped found the Western Massachusetts Safe Communities Act coalition. She is also an active member of the Northampton Democratic City Committee and frequently represents her ward at the Democratic State Convention.
In 2016, she quickly joined the Massachusetts Chapter of the Women’s March on Washington mere days after the election, organizing contingents travelling to Washington DC and Boston as well as a local march in Northampton. In February 2017, she harnessed the energy inspired by the marches to create the Pioneer Valley Women’s March (PVWM), which has gone on to organize dozens of community events on a variety of social justice issues with particular focus on involving the community in state-level advocacy. In January 2018, PVWM held its anniversary march in Northampton with over 5,000 participants, the largest march ever held in the city. PVWM is now part of the Pioneer Valley Resist Coalition, a group of over 30 grassroots activist and advocacy organizations that focus on social and environmental justice.
She resides in Northampton with her daughter, Kala.