Senator Spilka Files Bill to Establish MetroWest Women's Commission
The MetroWest Commission on the Status of Women and Girls will consist of nine persons to be appointed by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women and will conduct an ongoing study of all matters concerning women in MetroWest.
"I filed this bill to help give our female residents an opportunity to discuss, identify, and report the challenges and opportunities they face in our area," said Spilka. "Establishing a Commission comprised of the women in our region will help us best serve the specific needs of our area and will give women throughout MetroWest a seat at the table and a stronger voice in the process."
The Commission will operate under the umbrella of the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women. Currently, there are 4 regional Commissions throughout the state studying the status of women in Berkshire County, Bristol County, Cape Cod and the Islands, and Essex County.
Under this bill, the Commission would be mandated to report their findings to the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women annually, on or before June 2, and make recommendations on how to solve the problems facing the women of MetroWest.
The Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women (MCSW) is an independent state agency that was created in 1998 by the Legislature to advance women of the Commonwealth to full equality in all areas of life and to promote their rights and opportunities. The MCSW provides a permanent, effective voice for the women of Massachusetts.