Senator Joan B. Lovely
State Senator
2nd Essex District


June 22, 2018

Julie Curtis of Danvers named as an Unsung Heroine by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women

BOSTON, MA – Julie Curtis of Danvers was honored as a member of the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women’s 2018 class of Unsung Heroines.  Senator Joan B. Lovely (D-Salem) recommended Ms. Curtis for this recognition for the selfless sacrifices she makes for her family, her friends and her community. Ms. Curtis was honored with 130 other Unsung Heroines for her outstanding contributions to the North Shore community in a ceremony on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at the State House in Boston.

Julie is a member of the Peabody Institute Library Trustees in Danvers, MA. She is a graduate of both North Shore Community College and Salem State College. She began working at Salem State College in 1978 and was one of two American Federation of State, Country and Municipal Employee Stewards at Salem State for over 25 years. Julie recently retired from her position at Salem State. Julie was the first woman elected Vice President of the North Shore Labor Council. On March 1, 2016 she was elected Democratic State Committee Woman in the 2nd Essex District. Over the course of her career she has been an active citizen in local government and politics. Julie has made the North Shore a better place to live, work and play.

“The Unsung Heroine is a wonderful way to recognize women who tirelessly volunteer and have great impacts on communities throughout the Commonwealth.” said Senator Joan B. Lovely, “Julie Cutis is an admirable woman who deserves this recognition for her many contributions to the community.”

The Unsung Heroines are women who don’t make the news, but make the difference.  They are the women who use their time, talent and enthusiasm to enrich the lives of others and make a difference in their neighborhoods, cities and towns. They are mentors, volunteers and innovators who do what needs to be done without expectations of recognition or gratitude. These women are the glue that keeps a community together and every community is better because of their contribution.

The ceremony included a program emceed by MCSW Chair Margot Parrot, acknowledging each of the 2018 Unsung Heroines, along with remarks from Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, Speaker of the House Robert A. DeLeo, Senate President Harriette L. Chandler and Representative Colleen M. Garry, Co-Chair of the Massachusetts Caucus of Women Legislators. The ceremony was followed by a group photograph and a “Just Desserts” reception.

A complete list of this year’s honorees is available by contacting the Commission; to request this list or for additional information please contact the MCSW at 617-626-6520 or

This event was made possible with the generous support of the following sponsors: Baystate Health, Eastern Bank, Girls Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts, Jacqueline’s Gourmet Cookies, Kerry Goodwin Photography, Polar Beverages, and SM Lorusso and Sons, Inc.

The Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women is an independent state agency that was legislatively created in 1998 to advance women of the Commonwealth to full equality in all areas of life and to promote their rights and opportunities. The MCSW provides a permanent, effective voice for the women of Massachusetts.