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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 2019/2020 hearings, please call the office at 617-626-6520 or email

2019 hearings

  • Great Barrington: October 24, 2019, 5:00-7:00pm at the Mason Public Library, 231 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA 01230
  • Weymouth: November 21, 2019, 5:00-7:00pm at the Weymouth High School, Mary Jo Livingstone Humanities Center, 1 Wildcat Way, Weymouth, MA 02190

2020 hearings

  • Springfield: February 20, 2020, 5:00-7:00pm. Location: East Forest Park Library, 136 Surrey Rd., Springfield, MA 01118
  • POSTPONED- Lynn: March 26, 2020, 5:00-7:00pm at the Lynn Public Library, 5 N. Common Street, Lynn, MA 01902
  • COVID-19 Virtual Public Hearing: April 2, 2020, 7:00-8:00pm.  Location: Hosted virtually on Go-To-Meeting

Thank you to all who participated in our first virtual hearing. We still want to hear from you: please fill out our survey by Thursday, April 9, 2020 to make sure your voice is heard by our legislators!

Submit oral/written testimony

Public hearings are open to all.  Citizens, elected and appointed officials, and organizations that serve and/or advocate for women and families are invited to attend and encouraged to provide testimony or recommendations. Testimony is vital data that enables the MCSW to fulfill its mission of advancing women toward full equality. The MCSW uses the information gathered during the public hearings to shape and influence its programs and policy work as well as inform annual recommendations submitted to the administration and legislature.

To participate or attend one of our public hearings 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 written testimony online, here.

The Commission does not provide individual direct services.  If you need information regarding resources in your community, please contact your state elected officials and ask to speak with the constituent service aide.

Contact information for your legislators can be found at For additional resources and services available within the Commonwealth, please visit

Previous MCSW Hearings

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

MCSW Testimony

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