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.”
- Stephanie Galaitsi
- Deborah Lormeus
- Christina (CC) Morone
- Fabia Oliveira
- Kimberly Sheridan
- Crystal Turner
- Arlen Weiner
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 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.
All Commission meetings are open to the public.
The full Commission meets on the Third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. Commission meetings take place on Zoom.
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.
Somerville residents are encouraged to apply to join the Commission for Women. Applicants must be:
- Somerville residents
- Able to commit 5 hours per month
- Have an interest in advancing women's issues and protecting women's rights in Somerville
To apply for this volunteer position, please email Latoya Saulters (Commissions Coordinator) at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to Latoya Saulters, RSJ Commissions Coordinator, City of Somerville, 93 Highland Ave., Somerville, MA 02143 by Friday, September 8.
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