By Bob Katzen
The House and Senate have agreed on a version of a bill creating three new regional commissions, in addition to the existing eight, on the status of women and girls: Eastern Regional Commission, Upper Middlesex Commission, and Plymouth County Commission.
The commissions review the status of women in the communities and then make recommendations regarding policies and programs that would increase opportunities and equalities and ensure that women and girls are equal participants in all areas including economics, health-care, civil rights, education and business development.
“For nearly 20 years, the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women (MCSW) and its regional commissions have done a tremendous job advocating for women’s equality,” said Rep. Elizabeth Poirier (R-North Attleboro), the sponsor of the bill. “The three new regional commissions … will help to further the MCSW’s mission and make certain that the specific needs and concerns are addressed for women residing in the Eastern Massachusetts, Upper Middlesex and Plymouth County areas.”