Regional Commissions

Eleven Regional Commissions expand the reach of our mission

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Modeled after the MCSW, eleven county and regional women’s commissions 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. The eleven commissions include:

  1. Berkshire County
  2. Bristol County
  3. Cape and Islands
  4. Eastern Regional
  5. Essex County
  6. Hampden County
  7. Hampshire-Franklin
  8. MetroWest
  9. Plymouth County
  10. Upper Middlesex
  11. Worcester County

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Apply to a Regional Commission

We accept applications to our 11 regional commissions on a rolling basis. To apply, complete this e-form and attach your resume in the appropriate section. We will contact you when a seat opens on the regional commission to which you applied and when your application has been moved to the selection committee for review and consideration.

Regional Commissions are comprised of 9-13 volunteer members who have had prior experience working towards the improvement of the status of women and girls – and who are committed to providing 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, geographical, and socio-economic backgrounds throughout the state.

Duties of our Regional Commissions include: studying, reviewing, and reporting on the status of women and girls 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 our Regional Commissions are made by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women.

The Regional Commission Process

Modeled after the MCSW, the 11 county and regional women’s commissions 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.

Once the legislation has passed to establish a county or regional commission, the MCSW solicits and reviews commissioner 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 support to the commissions and oversees the appointments and reappointments of their commissioners. The MCSW convenes with regional commissions bi-annually in order to maintain strong partnerships and build the capacity of regional commissions.

Local Women’s Commissions

There are currently 10 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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MCSW Regional Commission Handbook: January 2022 Edition

Regional Event Submission Form

This form is for any of the 11 MCSW regional commissions who are hosting an upcoming event. Tell us the details so we can help spread the word – and let us know if you need any help!

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