About the Somerville Commission for Women
The Somerville Commission for Women was created in March 1988 by City ordinance. The SCW’s bylaws state that the Commission’s purpose is “to act as a centralizing force in the City of Somerville to ensure the equal status of women in educational, economic, political, health, legal, and social spheres including the provision of information, referrals and guidance… [and] to take any action considered appropriate by the SCW to ensure the equal status of women of every race, religion, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, national origin, ability, age and sexual orientation.”
Events & Activities
- Maggie Norcross Devin
- Stephanie Galaitsi
- Fabia Oliveira
- Deborah Lormeus
- Crystal Turner
- Holly Fox
Commissioners are women living in Somerville who volunteer for a three-year term and are appointed by the Mayor. They work with the Staff Liaison, decide on activities and projects the Commission will pursue and carry out those activities through committee work.
The Community Services Manager, appointed to the position of Staff Liaison by the Mayor, staffs the Commission. The Staff Liaison helps coordinates projects and events, represents the Commission on a variety of committees and task forces, and responds to inquiries from the community.
Volunteers serve on committees and provide essential assistance in organizing and staffing Commission events and activities.
The Work of the Commission
The Commission focuses on advocacy, education, and outreach in regards and on behalf of women. The Commission has a special focus on anti-violence, financial literacy, empowerment, coalition building, and monitoring and supporting legislation.
The Work of the Commission's Staff and Volunteers
The Staff Liaison of the SCW works part-time for the Commission and has an office within the Health and Human Services Department.
Events & Activities
All Commission meetings are open to the public.
The full Commission meets on the Third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at the Cross Street Center (165 Broadway in Somerville). The meetings are wheelchair accessible.
We welcome your questions, comments, ideas and participation. If you would like more information or want to be on our mailing list, please contact us.