Commonwealth Heroines

Each June we celebrate female Commonwealth community leaders
Picture of women being honored at the 2019 Unsung Heroine Celebration at the State House.


The Commonwealth Heroines are women who don’t make the news, but make the difference. Thousands of women in every community of the state perform unheralded acts on a daily basis that make our homes, neighborhoods, cities, and towns better places to live. Commonwealth Heroines use their time, talent, spirit, and enthusiasm to enrich the lives of others in their community. They are mentors, volunteers, and innovators who strive to protect and represent the interests of seniors, victims of violence, children, immigrants, and other vulnerable populations. They are the glue that keeps a community together.

Each year the Commission partners with state legislators to identify women who make outstanding contributions to their organizations and communities. Each legislator is encouraged to submit one woman from their constituency as a means of recognizing their invaluable community efforts. We accept only recommendations from state legislators but if you know of an ideal candidate, we recommend that you reach out to your representatives to offer a suggestion. Please note the Commission launches the Commonwealth Heroine initiative in February of each year and are in touch with legislators shortly thereafter seeking submission.

Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women logo purple with the Commonwealth Heroines logo gold

June 24, 2022

Thank you and congratulations to the Commonwealth Heroines Class of 2022! 

We enjoyed seeing those who could joins us-- in person and virtually! 


View the Commonwealth Heroines Class of 2022 Program Book here.

To view the Commonwealth Heroine Celebration Recording visit our Facebook page.


Commonwealth Heroines Class of 2021 Program Book

MCSW Commonwealth Heroine Class of 2021, June 2021


Commonwealth Heroines Class of 2020 Virtual Celebration

Commonwealth Heroines Class of 2020 Program Book

MCSW Commonwealth Heroine Class of 2020, June 2020


Unsung Heroines Program Booklet 2019

Historic List of Commonwealth Heroines 

Unsung Heroines 2004-2018!


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