Regional Women’s Commissions
Modeled after the MCSW, the eight unfunded county and regional women’s commissions were legislatively created to study and report on the status of women and girls in their geographical areas, and to provide permanent and effective voices for women and girls. Each county and regional commission reports their findings annually to MCSW and is supported by and engaged with the Commission on a regular basis.
Newly established, Hampden County & Hampshire-Franklin Commissions on the Status of Women and Girls
October 2016: The Hampden County Commission on the Status of Women and Girls represents all cities and towns in Hampden County including Agawam, Blandford, Brimfield, Chester, Chicopee, East Longmeadow, Granville, Hampden, Holland, Holyoke, Ludlow, Monson, Montgomery, Palmer, Russell, Southwick, Springfield, Tolland, Wales, West Springfield, Westfield and Wilbraham.
January 2017: The Hampshire-Franklin Commission on the Status of Women represents all cities in and towns in Hampshire and Franklin Counties, including Amherst, Ashfield, Belchertown, Bernardston, Buckland, Charlemont, Chesterfield, Colrain, Conway, Cummington, Deerfield, Easthampton, Erving, Gill, Goshen, Granby, Greenfield, Hadley, Hatfield, Hawley, Heath, Huntington, Leverett, Leyden, Middlefield, Monroe, Montague, New Salem, Northampton, Northfield, Orange, Pelham, Plainfield, Rowe, Shelburne, Shutesbury, South Hadley, Southampton, Sunderland, Ware, Warwick, Wendell, Westhampton, Whately, Williamsburg and Worthington.
The MCSW is seeking interested and qualified applicants for these inaugural Commissions, as well as several established Commissions. Application links are available below.
Hampden County CSW (Application deadline- 3/7/17)
Hampshire-Franklin CSW (Application deadline- 3/7/17)
To be considered for the Hampden and Hampshire-Franklin inaugural commissions, please submit your application by Tuesday, March 7, 2017. Applications for the Berkshire, Essex and Worcester County Commissions are currently accepted on a rolling basis.
Berkshire County Commission on the Status of Women
The Berkshire County Commission on the Status of Women represents all cities and towns in Berkshire County including Adams, Alford, Becket, Cheshire, Clarksburg, Dalton, Egremont, Florida, Great Barrington, Hancock, Hinsdale, Lanesborough, Lee, Lenox, Mount Washington, New Ashford, New Marlborough , North Adams, Otis, Peru, Pittsfield, Richmond, Sandisfield, Savoy, Stockbridge, West Stockbridge, Williamstown, and Windsor.
Please visit the BCCSW Facebook page to learn more.
Bristol County Commission on the Status of Women
The Bristol County Commission on the Status of Women represents all towns in Bristol County including Easton, Raynham, Mansfield, Norton, Attleboro, North Attleborough, Seekonk, Rehoboth, Swansea, Somerset, Dighton, Fall River, Westport, Dartmouth, New Bedford, Acushnet, Fairhaven, Freetown, Berkley, and Taunton.
Please visit the BCCSW Facebook page to learn more.
MetroWest Commission on the Status of Women and Girls
The MetroWest Commission on the Status of Women represents the towns of Ashland, Bellingham, Dover, Framingham, Franklin, Holliston, Hopkinton, Hudson, Maynard, Medfield, Medway, Millis, Natick, Needham, Norfolk, Northborough, Norwood, Sherborn, Southborough, Stow, Sudbury, Walpole, Wayland, Wellesley, Westborough, Weston and Wrentham, and the city of Marlborough.
Please visit the MWCSW Facebook page to learn more.
Cape and Islands Commission on the Status of Women
The Cape and Islands Commission on the Status of Women represents towns in all of Barnstable and Nantucket counties including Bourne, Sandwich, Falmouth, Mashpee, Buzzards Bay, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, Barnstable, Yarmouth, Dennis, Brewster, Harwich, Chatham, Orleans, Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro, and Provincetown.
Please visit the CCICSW website for more information.
Essex County Commission on the Status of Women
The Essex County Commission on the Status of Women represents all towns in Essex County including Saugus, Lynnfield, Lynn, Peabody, Swampscott, Salem, Marblehead, Danvers, Beverly, Middleton, Topsfield, Wenham, Hamilton, Manchester-by-the-sea, Essex, Gloucester, Rockport, Ipswich, Rowley, Newbury, Newburyport, Salisbury, Amesbury, Merrimac, West Newbury, Haverhill, Groveland, Georgetown, North Andover, Andover, Methuen, and Lawrence.
Please visit the ECCSW website for more information.
Worcester County Commission on the Status of Women
The Worcester County Commission on the Status of Women represents all towns in Worcester County including Ashburnham, Athol, Auburn, Barre, Blackstone, Bolton, Boylston, Brookfield, Charlton, Clinton, Dana, Douglas, Dudley, Fitchburg, Gardner, Grafton, Greenwich, Hardwick, Harvard, Holden, Hubbardston, Lancaster, Leicester, Leominster, Lunenburg, Mendon, Milford, Millbury, New Braintree, Northboro, Northbridge, North Brookfield, Oakham, Oxford, Paxton, Petersham, Phillipston, Prescott, Princeton, Shrewsbury, Southboro, Southbridge, Spencer, Sterling, Sturbridge, Sutton, Templeton, Upton, Uxbridge, Warren, Webster, Westboro, West Boylston, West Brookfield, Westminster, Winchendon, Worcester.
Please visit the WCCSW Facebook page for more information.
Municipal Women’s Commissions
There are currently nine local Women’s Commissions that represent various cities and towns in the Commonwealth. While these Commissions are independent of MCSW, the Commission serves as a resource and partner for local commissions and maintains contact with them on a regular basis.
Brockton Mayor’s Commission on Women's Issues
Cambridge Commission on the Status of Women
Kimberly Sansoucy, Executive Director
51 Inman Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
Melrose Commission on Women
Melrose Mayor's Office
Phone: (781) 979-4440
Quincy Mayor's Commission on Women
Michelle A. Stenberg, Chair
22 Caledonia Avenue
Quincy, MA 02169
Phone: 617-479-8371 ext. 10
(work number at Quincy hockey rink)
Quincy Commission meetings are held on the 4th Monday of each month at Quincy City Hall, second floor conference room, 6:00 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Please note: The Commission does not meet in the months of July and August.
Somerville Commissions for Women, Human Rights, Multicultural Affairs and LGBT Community
Sonja Darai, Director
City Hall Annex
50 Evergreen Ave.
Somerville, MA 02145
Phone: (617) 625-6600, x2406
Fax: (617) 629-3040
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The Somerville Commission for Women meets the third Wednesday of each month at City Hall Annex, 50 Evergreen Avenue, Somerville. at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Sonja Darai at (617) 625-6600, x2406.
Springfield Commission for Women
Kateri Walsh, Chair, City Councilor
36 Court St.
Springfield, MA 01103
Phone: 413-781-8042 (Home number)
Worcester City Manager's Advisory Committee on the Status of Women
Contact the Committee via Catherine Nash
Office of Human Rights and Disabilities
City Hall, Room 303
455 Main Street
Worcester, MA 01608