The Massachusetts Legislature today enacted a bill to establish a MetroWest Commission on the Status of Women, lead sponsor Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland) announced.
"This commission will amplify the voices of women and girls in the MetroWest region and identify specific ways to advance women's rights here and across the state," Senator Spilka said. "We are promoting equality and opportunity for all women in our communities and helping to inspire the next generation of female leaders in the Commonwealth."
The MetroWest women's commission will work at the local level to advocate for equality and to promote equal access to health care, employment, education and economic development opportunities for women and girls. The Commission will conduct an ongoing study of the challenges that women face in MetroWest communities and report annually on findings and recommended solutions to the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women.
The MetroWest commission will join five other county and regional women's commissions operating under the umbrella of the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women. The other five regional commissions study and report on the status of women in Berkshire County, Bristol County, Cape and Islands, Essex County and Worcester County.
The Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women is an independent state agency 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 Commission works to provide a permanent, effective voice for all women across Massachusetts.
The bill to create a MetroWest regional commission will now be sent to the Governor for his signature.
|Senator Karen Spilka speaking Sunday at the new FHS Dedication ceremony|