The Commission holds four public hearings around the Commonwealth each year. The purpose of our public hearings is to give all stakeholders as well as those in the surrounding communities the opportunity to discuss issues and concerns important to women, as well as the gaps or barriers they have experienced in the provision of services available. Citizens, government officials, and organizations that advocate for women and families in the region are invited to attend and encouraged to participate in the open public hearing by providing testimony or recommendations. The Commission utilizes the public hearing testimony to shape and influence its work. We report our findings and recommendations to our Appointing Authorities and state legislators.

Locations and dates for upcoming public hearings can be found under Meetings and Events.


Interested in becoming appointed as a commissioner?

The Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women (MCSW) encourages women from throughout the Commonwealth to consider appointment as a state commissioner. The commission consists of 19 volunteer commissioners who are named to service by one of four appointing authorities – the Governor, Senate President, Speaker of the House, and the Caucus of Women Legislators. Each appointing authority has their respective policies and timelines for appointments. Prospective commissioners may contact director Jill Ashton for additional information regarding nomination process and expected responsibilities.



Preparing the next generation of leaders remains a key constituent for the Commission. The MCSW’s internship program aims to encourage young women and men from various backgrounds to become more involved in understanding and addressing women’s issues. We welcome undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate students and offer different positions so that we can collaboratively work to achieve our goals and meet the needs of women state-wide.

Position Descriptions:

Legislative Intern

  • Researching and monitoring state and national legislation that affects women
  • Assisting with outreach to other organizations or groups involved with issues of concern to women
  • Collaborating with the Legislative Committee and supporting their activities

Program and Planning Intern

Communications/Publications/Web Design Intern

  • Writing and distributing press releases and media advisories
  • Updating and/or creating media lists, and obtaining media coverage for Commission events
  • Updating Facebook and Twitter pages with recent event information
  • Contributing to website design


  • Conducting research on various issues affecting the status of women in Massachusetts
  • Tying in studies to organize future events that highlight salient issues

Intern Qualifications:

The MCSW seeks responsible, conscientious, and pro-active individuals with a sincere interest in women’s issues, social justice, and civic engagement. Applicants should demonstrate strong writing and organizational skills and should be willing to take initiatives for new assignments. They must be motivated, open-minded, and have a positive attitude around others. While interns are encouraged to suggest which position they are interested in undertaking, they will not be limited to a particular area as many of our tasks are collaborative in nature. Due to its small size and limited staff, the MCSW is a relatively low-funded agency. Although all of our internships are unpaid, we do give our interns the option of receiving credit to count for academic programs at their affiliated institutions.

How to Apply:

Internships are available to students during the fall, spring, and summer terms, but we also host students during other respective college terms (i.e. J-term). There is a minimum commitment of 16 hours per week required of all interns.

Contact Jill Ashton (director) if you wish to apply for an internship. Please submit a copy of your CV and a cover letter stating your reasons for applying, and be sure to address any specific position(s) within the commission that interest you, and your dates and hours of availability. Admission into the internship program is rolling.