Public Hearings

Let your voice be heard at one of our regional public hearings

The Commission holds four public hearings around the Commonwealth each year. The purpose of our public hearings is to give community stakeholders the opportunity to discuss issues and concerns important to women, as well as the gaps or barriers they have experienced in the provision of services available. To RSVP to any of our 2018/2019 hearings, please call the office at 617-626-6520 or email

2019 hearings

  • Malden: March 28, 2019, 4:30-6:30pm at Malden Senior Center Auditorium, 7 Washington St, Malden, MA 02148
  • Dorchester: April 25, 2019, 4:30-6:30pm at BYCF Perkins Community Center, 155 Talbot Ave, Dorchester Center, MA 02124

Submit oral/written testimony

Citizens, government officials, and organizations that advocate for women and families in the region are invited to attend and encouraged to participate in the open public hearing by providing testimony or recommendations. Testimony is vital data that helps MCSW in accomplishing its mission of advancing women toward full equality, and promoting rights and opportunities for all women. Testimony received is both a source of information and motivation, and the MCSW uses hearing testimony to shape and influence its legislative advocacy work and its annual recommendations to the appointing authorities via an annual report.

To arrange the provision of oral testimony at one of our public hearings, or submit written testimony on any issue detrimental to your life or family, please email us at

If you are unable to attend one of our public hearings, you are encouraged to submit your testimony online, here.

Previous MCSW Hearings

Get an idea of the format of our hearings by viewing coverage of previous MCSW hearings:

Some tips regarding testifying at a MCSW hearing

1. Keep it succinct -- 3 -5 minutes

2. Talk about an issue you care about that effects girls, women, and families in Western Massachusetts 

3. Share your own story, another person's story (with permission or anonymously) or the overall situation 

3. Share statistics that illustrate the impact of the situation 

4. Share solutions that have been identified -- that are being implemented in Western MA as models for the rest of the state or solutions that have been implemented elsewhere

5. Ask questions -- how can we address this issue?

6. Express emotions -- this situation is frustrating, upsetting or dangerous