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WHEREAS, it is in the interest of the Commonwealth to promote the economic and social well being of all our people through the most efficient and effective utilization of the skills of all persons; and
WHEREAS, the full realization of women's basic rights, should be respected and fostered as part of our commitment to human dignity, freedom and democracy; and
WHEREAS, measures that contribute to the advancement of women will serve to advance the general welfare of all the people; and
WHEREAS, women should be assured the opportunity to develop their capabilities and fulfill their aspirations on the basis of their individual merit, free from limitations based on sex; and
WHEREAS, it is the responsibility of the Commonwealth acting through its appropriate agencies to assure equal treatment on the basis of sex in public and private employment and to develop services which will enable all women to maximize their contribution to the world around them; and
WHEREAS, the foregoing polices and objectives can best be accomplished by the appointment of a committee to advise the Governor on issues of particular interest to women;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Michael S. Dukakis, Governor of the Commonwealth, by virtue of the authority vested in me as Supreme Executive Magistrate, do hereby order as follows:
- That the Governor's Commission on the Status of Women is hereby replaced by the Governor's Advisory Committee on Women's Issues which will work closely with the Governor, the Cabinet and those on the Governor's senior staff assigned policy responsibility for issues of importance to women.
- The Governor's Advisory Committee on Women's Issues shall be composed of 25 to 30 persons drawn from diverse racial, ethnic, religious, age, sexual preference, and socio-economic constituencies from throughout the state. Particular attention shall be paid to assure representation for homemakers, volunteers, welfare and working class families, office workers, organized women workers, business women, professionals, educators, those in non-traditional positions, and representatives from various statewide organizations.
- The Advisory Committee members shall be appointed by the Governor for terms of one year. Any vacancies which may occur shall be filled by the Governor. The Governor shall from time to time select one of the appointed members as chairperson and one as vice-chairperson. Members of the Advisory Committee shall serve without compensation but shall be eligible for reimbursement of reasonable and necessary expenses as funds and policies permit.
- The Advisory Committee shall meet regularly amongst its members and no less than once quarterly with the Governor. More frequent meetings may be requested if certain issues demand the Governor's immediate attention. At least one of these meetings with the Governor and additional meetings with the Secretary of Administration and Finance will deal with the proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year.
- The Advisory Committee shall work to assist the Governor's staff assigned policy responsibilities for issues of importance to women in the following ways:
(a) Represent the concerns and needs of women to the Governor, to the Cabinet Secretaries, and to other policy representatives of the administration;
(b) Help to develop and review budget recommendations and policy proposals of the administration for the purpose of assuring a positive impact on women;
(c) Work with each Cabinet Secretary through interdepartmental task forces to assure timely and comprehensive involvement in the development and assessment of policy recommendations important to women;
(d) Seek the ideas and involvement of women's organizations, the Women's Legislative Caucus, and and other active women in the formation and evaluation of state policy;
(e) Work with the staff to coordinate the work and involvement of volunteers and interns;
(f) Be responsible for special efforts to reach out to women from all points of the Commonwealth and from all walks of life.
Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston this third day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and eighty-three, and of the Independence of the United States of America two hundred and eight.
MICHAEL S. DUKAKIS
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
MICHAEL JOSEPH CONNOLLY
SECRETARY OF THE COMMONWEALTH