BOSTON — A New Bedford-based social activist will be recognized as part of the 2018 class of Unsung Heroines during a ceremony June 20 at the Statehouse.

Rachel Mulroy was nominated by state Rep. Antonio F. D. Cabral, D-New Bedford, for the award as part of the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women’s 15th annual event, according to a news release.

Mulroy serves as the environmental justice and safety net coordinator for the Coalition for Social Justice. She began as a volunteer with CSJ in 2011, while studying at Bristol Community College. In 2012, she became a full-time employee, working to improve economic and environmental conditions for low-income and working class families in New Bedford and throughout Southeastern Massachusetts. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in anthropology and public archaeology from Bridgewater State University in 2016.

“Rachel Mulroy is a remarkable young woman, a single mom of two daughters, who has persevered in all areas of her life,” said Marlene Pollack, Mulroy’s former professor and organizer for the Coalition for Social Justice, in a statement. “She gained a bachelor’s degree with honors in anthropology, all the time working as an organizer with the Coalition for Social Justice. She is now the Coalition’s Environmental Coordinator, specializing in efforts to gain equity for poor and minority communities.”

Mulroy has met with Cabral and other legislators to advocate for an increased minimum wage, earned sick time, and changes to the family cap rule on cash assistance.

“I am routinely impressed by Rachel and her advocacy work,” said Cabral in a statement. “She has the rare ability to connect her personal experience to critical social issues in a way that is both persuasive and informative. I am thrilled to have nominated such an exceptional woman for this award and I am grateful that we have Rachel advocate on behalf of our community.”