Evelyn F. Murphy


Evelyn Murphy is President of The WAGE Project, Inc., a grassroots activist national organization to end wage discrimination against working women, and Resident Scholar in the Women’s Studies Research Center (on leave) at Brandeis University, where she has researched and authored a book on women’s wages entitled Getting Even: Why Women Don’t Get Paid Like Men and What To Do About It, published by Simon & Schuster in October 2005.


She is Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of SBLI USA Mutual Life Insurance Company and  a director of Citizens Energy Corporation. In her civic role, she serves as a founding director of The Commonwealth Institute, Honorary Chair of the Lost Coin Women’s Fund, Inc., and on the advisory committees of Rosies Place and Our Bodies/Ourselves.


Evelyn Murphy earned a BA from Duke University in mathematics; a MA in economics from Columbia University; and a PhD in economics from Duke University.


In the late 1970s, she served as Massachusetts Secretary of Environmental Affairs with responsibility for the state’s environmental policy. Her leadership in opposing offshore oil and gas exploration in the fishing grounds of the Georges Bank and initiating state heritage parks earned her national recognition. After an unsuccessful campaign for Lt Governor in 1982, she was appointed the state's Secretary of Economic Affairs from 1983-1985, with responsibility for the state’s economic policies and programs advancing biotechnology, computer technology, marine sciences, polymers, and photovoltaics along with unemployment compensation and retraining programs.


In 1986, Evelyn Murphy was elected Lt. Governor and became the first woman in the state’s 200 year history to hold constitutional office. Prior to that, despite the state’s progressive image, no woman had ever been elected Governor, Lt. Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, Treasurer, Auditor, or US Senator in Massachusetts.


After campaigning for Governor in 1990, Evelyn Murphy became Managing Director of Brown, Rudnick, Freed & Gesmer, a New England law firm. While managing the law firm, she became a corporate director of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts; and Shawmut National Banks of Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut, Fleet National Bank, Fleet Mortgage Company, and Fleet Credit Card Corporation. Blue Cross recruited her to the position of Executive Vice President to manage all federal and state, media and civic relations. While Executive Vice President, she founded and became President of the health insurer’s HealthCare Policy Institute.


In her community and civic roles, in addition to the previously mentioned groups, Dr. Murphy is a member of the International Women’s Forum and the Boston Club; for  eight years, she  co-chaired the annual fundraiser for Rosie’s Place, a homeless women’s shelter. She is the recipient of 11 honorary degrees and over one hundred national, state, and local awards.


In her spare time, she has run the Boston Marathon many times and can be seen in the bleachers of Fenway Park cheering for the Boston Red Sox.