Regional Women’s Commissions
Modeled after the MCSW, the four 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.
Berkshire County Commission on the Status of Women
The Berkshire County Commission on the Status of Women represents all 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Pat Foley, Chairperson
45 School Street
Brockton, MA 02301
Phone: 508-580-7123 (Mayor’s office, Pat does not work here)
Brockton Commission meetings are held on the 4th Tuesday of each month at Brockton City Hall, second floor G.A.R. room, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. All are invited to attend.
Please note: The Commission does not meet in the months of July and December.
Cambridge Commission on the Status of Women
Kimberly Sansoucy, Executive Director
51 Inman Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
Newton Commission on the Status of Women
Newton City Hall, Mayor's Office
Co-Chairs: Christine McLaughlin & Kay Schmidt
1000 Commonwealth Ave.
Newton, MA 02459
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
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
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 Heather Gould
Dept. of Health & Human Services
City of Worcester, Human Rights Office
25 Meade St.
Worcester, MA 01610