Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women (MCSW)

The MCSW is a state-established body charged with reviewing the status of women in Massachusetts and offering recommendations regarding policy that would improve access to opportunities and equality.

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Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women


19 Staniford St., 6th Floor, Boston, MA 02114


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Our mission is to advance women toward full equality in all areas of life, and to promote rights and opportunities for all women throughout their lives. 

    It has been an exciting and active period for the MCSW: having been strongly involved in advocating for pay equity - among other legislative priorities - we are thrilled that the landmark Equal Pay Act passed in 2016, and comes into effect on July 1, 2018. Since then, we have led numerous equal pay education panels for employers, employees, and those seeking work as well as partnered with the Treasurer's OEE, AAUW and MA Community Colleges to support salary negotiation workshops across the Commonwealth; held numerous regional public hearings; heralded the creation of five new regional Commissions on the Status of Women (CSWs) which closed the gap on state coverage; hosted our annual Advocacy Day in May at the State House; and in June, we will honor more than 130 Unsung Heroines from across the Commonwealth.

    Learn more about our Commissionregional Commissionslegislative agenda, or how to join the team as a commissioner or intern!

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