"For a few Massachusetts communities, equality has nothing to do with why there is no gender in top board titles. In Franklin, the name “Town Council” was chosen in 1978 for the type of government that came with the term.
“It was entirely about the type of government,” said Franklin author James Johnston Jr., whose Franklin history “Odyssey in the Wilderness” won a national award. “I don’t think that anybody thought about (gender).”
While select boards, city councils and town councils have ruled a few communities, like Franklin, for decades, recent years have seen a purposeful switch in language to be more inclusive. At least 10 towns since 2017 have voted to have select boards, and Somerville’s top elected officials became city councilors last year."
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