Regional Commissions

Eight regional Commissions expand the reach of our mission

We have eight regional commissions throughout the state, which exponentially expand the reach of the state commission’s work.

Regional commissions are comprised of 9-13 members those who have had prior experience working towards the improvement of the status of women, and exist to provide a positive and effective voice for women and girls in their respective regions. Commissioners are drawn from diverse racial, ethnic, religious, age, sexual orientation, gender identification, and socio-economic backgrounds throughout the state. 

Regional commission's duties include: studying, reviewing and reporting on the status of women in the county; promoting and facilitating collaboration among local women’s organizations; recommending policies that benefit women to agencies, officers of the state, and local government; and holding fact-finding hearings and other public forums as it may deem necessary. Commissions meet at least 6 times a year, at the members’ discretion.

Appointments to regional commissions are made by the state commission - Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women. Calls for applications are announced here, on our social media channels, and on our mailing list.

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Berkshire County Commission on the Status of Women

The Berkshire County Commission on the Status of Women was established in 2005 and represents all cities and towns in Berkshire County including Adams, Alford, Becket, Cheshire, Clarksburg, Dalton, Egremont, Florida, Great Barrington, Hancock, Hinsdale, Lanesborough, Lee, Lenox, Mount Washington, New Ashford, New Marlborough , North Adams, Otis, Peru, Pittsfield, Richmond, Sandisfield, Savoy, Stockbridge, West Stockbridge, Williamstown, and Windsor. 

Please visit the BCCSW Facebook page to learn more. 

Bristol County Commission on the Status of Women

The Bristol County Commission on the Status of Women was established in 2008 and represents all towns in Bristol County including Easton, Raynham, Mansfield, Norton, Attleboro, North Attleborough, Seekonk, Rehoboth, Swansea, Somerset, Dighton, Fall River, Westport, Dartmouth, New Bedford, Acushnet, Fairhaven, Freetown, Berkley, and Taunton.

Please visit the BCCSW Facebook page to learn more. 

Cape and Islands Commission on the Status of Women

The Cape and Islands Commission on the Status of Women was established in 2009 and represents towns in all of Barnstable and Nantucket counties including Bourne, Sandwich, Falmouth, Mashpee, Buzzards Bay, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, Barnstable, Yarmouth, Dennis, Brewster, Harwich, Chatham, Orleans, Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro, and Provincetown. 

Please visit the CCICSW Facebook page or website for more information. 

Essex County Commission on the Status of Women

The Essex County Commission on the Status of Women was established in 2010 and represents all towns in Essex County including Saugus, Lynnfield, Lynn, Peabody, Swampscott, Salem, Marblehead, Danvers, Beverly, Middleton, Topsfield, Wenham, Hamilton, Manchester-by-the-sea, Essex, Gloucester, Rockport, Ipswich, Rowley, Newbury, Newburyport, Salisbury, Amesbury, Merrimac, West Newbury, Haverhill, Groveland, Georgetown, North Andover, Andover, Methuen, and Lawrence.

 Please visit the ECCSW Facebook page for more information.

Hampden County Commission on the Status of Women

The Hampden County Commission on the Status of Women was established in 2017 and represents all cities and towns in Hampden County including Agawam, Blandford, Brimfield, Chester, Chicopee, East Longmeadow, Granville, Hampden, Holland, Holyoke, Longmeadow, Ludlow, Monson, Montgomery, Palmer, Russell, Southwick, Springfield, Tolland, Wales, West Springfield, Westfield and Wilbraham.

Hampshire-Franklin Commission on the Status of Women and Girls

The Hampshire-Franklin Commission on the Status of Women and Girls was established in 2017 and represents all cities in and towns in Hampshire and Franklin Counties, including Amherst, Ashfield, Belchertown, Bernardston, Buckland, Charlemont, Chesterfield, Colrain, Conway, Cummington, Deerfield, Easthampton, Erving, Gill, Goshen, Granby, Greenfield, Hadley, Hatfield, Hawley, Heath, Huntington, Leverett, Leyden, Middlefield, Monroe, Montague, New Salem, Northampton, Northfield, Orange, Pelham, Plainfield, Rowe, Shelburne, Shutesbury, South Hadley, Southampton, Sunderland, Ware, Warwick, Wendell, Westhampton, Whately, Williamsburg and Worthington.

MetroWest Commission on the Status of Women and Girls

The MetroWest Commission on the Status of Women was established in 2015 and represents the towns of Ashland, Bellingham, Dover, Framingham, Franklin, Holliston, Hopkinton, Hudson, Maynard, Medfield, Medway, Millis, Natick, Needham, Norfolk, Northborough, Norwood, Sherborn, Southborough, Stow, Sudbury, Walpole, Wayland, Wellesley, Westborough, Weston and Wrentham, and the city of Marlborough. 

Please visit the MWCSW Facebook page to learn more.

Worcester County Commission on the Status of Women

The Worcester County Commission on the Status of Women was established in 2013 and represents all towns in Worcester County including Ashburnham, Athol, Auburn, Barre, Blackstone, Bolton, Boylston, Brookfield, Charlton, Clinton, Dana, Douglas, Dudley, Fitchburg, Gardner, Grafton, Greenwich, Hardwick, Harvard, Holden, Hubbardston, Lancaster, Leicester, Leominster, Lunenburg, Mendon, Milford, Millbury, New Braintree, Northboro, Northbridge, North Brookfield, Oakham, Oxford, Paxton, Petersham, Phillipston, Prescott, Princeton, Shrewsbury, Southboro, Southbridge, Spencer, Sterling, Sturbridge, Sutton, Templeton, Upton, Uxbridge, Warren, Webster, Westboro, West Boylston, West Brookfield, Westminster, Winchendon, Worcester. 

Please visit the WCCSW Facebook page or website for more information.

The Regional Commission Process

Modeled after the MCSW, the eight unfunded county and regional women’s commissions (geographic coverage shaded in purple) were legislatively created to study and report on the status of women and girls in their geographical areas, and to provide permanent and effective voices for women and girls. Each county and regional commission reports its findings annually to MCSW.


In the 2015-2016 we had legislative success with the passing of a bill that established a joint regional CSW in Hamphshire-Franklin counties, and another regional CSW in Hampden county. This 2017-2018 session, the Commission has endorsed proposed legislation to establish an Eastern Regional Commission, an Upper Middlesex Commission, and a Plymouth County Commission (geographic coverage shaded in white). These new commissions would function in the same way as the existing county and regional women’s commissions.


Once the legislation has passed to establish a county or regional commission, the MCSW solicits and reviews commis-sioner applications, makes appointments, hosts a formal inaugural event to have the new commissioners sworn in, and conducts an opening session. After the initial appointments have been made and the opening session conducted, the MCSW continues to offer significant support to the commissions and oversees the appointments and reappointments of commissioners. The MCSW frequently convenes with regional commissions in order to maintain strong partnerships and build the capacity of regional commissions.

Local Women’s Commissions

There are currently ten local Women’s Commissions that represent various cities and towns in the Commonwealth. While these Commissions are independent of MCSW, the Commission serves as a resource and partner for local commissions and maintains contact with them on a regular basis. They include:

 

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