A Personal Commitment to Social Justice
Senator Boysko was raised in the Deep South by her parents, an Episcopal priest and a nurse. Her parents raised her with a strong sense of social justice, and she has spent much of her life as a grassroots activist, standing up for those who face discrimination. Her commitment to social justice began in the 6th grade, when she worked to make her school’s crossing guard patrol coed. She helped to create the local HEART group (Herndon Embraces All with Respect and Tolerance) and has consistently been a voice for fairness and inclusion. She and her husband prioritized raising their daughters to be open-minded and to stand up for others.
Fostering a Diverse Community
In every race she has run, Senator Boysko has been endorsed by equality groups like Equality VA and New Virginia Majority. She has dedicated her adult life to standing up for others because she believes diversity and inclusivity are hallmarks of a healthy community.
Senator Boysko embraces and welcomes all people in her community; she believes racial, socioeconomic, LGBTQIA+, cultural, and faith differences are part of who we are. She is proud of the legislation that she’s carried, including the legislation passed to protect diversity and outlaw discrimination and hateful actions. Senator Boysko has worked to empower our transgender community, including passing a birth certificate bill.
Passing the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA)
Senator Boysko is proud to support the passing of the ERA in Virginia. Now we wait for our federal legislators to work out the deadline issues. Meanwhile, Senator Boysko has focused on bringing equal paychecks and benefits that make it possible for Virginians to balance work and family. Senator Boysko’s equal pay legislation protects an expanded class of Virginians: “Protected class” means a group of persons distinguished by race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, veteran status, disability, or age.