Commission For Women
|Brookline Commission For Women|
**The Next BCW meeting scheduled for: Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013 at 7:15pm at Town Hall, 333 Washington Street, Room 111 has been cancelled.
UPCOMING EVENTS: **The Next BCW meeting is scheduled for: Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2013 at 7:15pm at the Brookline Health Department, 2nd Floor Library, 11 Pierce Street, Brookline, MA.
Nov 8th 8AM-7PM & Nov 9th 8AM-11AM
9th Annual Dress for Success Winter Coat & Clothing Drive
Held in the Brookline Public Safety Headquarters Community Room. We will be accepting donations of winter coats, business suits, shells, and separates, as well as gloves, jewelry, scarves, shoes, handbags, and briefcases, etc. This is NOT a general clothing drive. All donations should be appropriate for the workplace and clean/ready to wear. Cash donations for the Dress for Success program will be accepted. As with all our events, the Brookline Commission for Women is happy to accept nonperishable food donations for the Brookline Food Pantry.
Feb 5th 6-7:30PM - Childcare Forum, Hunneman Hall, Brookline Public Library
Panelist will speak on the benefits and challenges of various childcare options, including: Brookline Daycares, Brookline Family Daycares, Aupair/Nanny and speakers from the Health and Police Departments.
March 2014 - Brookline Women of the Year Announced
March 2014 - 22nd Annual A Women Who Inspires Me Essay Contest
2013 Brookline Woman of the Year
The Brookline Commission for Women is honored to announce that Rita McNally has been named the 2013 Brookline Woman of the Year for her efforts to promote cultural, racial and economic diversity and equality in Brookline.
21st Annual A Woman Who Inspires Me Essay Contest Winners
1: Caroline Clark
2: Yarden Hacohen
3: Sanam Ayub Khan
1: Lavinia Goessling
2: Elena Trevithick
3: Brandon Chin
1: Maya Hertz
2: Maddie Nagler
3: "KJ" Kartik Jayachandran
Winning essayist, their families and the woman who inspired their essay were honored at the 2013 Women Who Inspire Us event on Monday, March 18th at 6pm at Hunneman Hall, Main Library 361 Washington Street. Thank you to all the students who participated! We really enjoyed reading about the wonderful, inspiring women in your lives.
BCW Meetings are usually held the first Wednesday of each month at 7:15pm at the Brookline Town Hall Room 111.
The Brookline Commission for Women strives to support women in all aspects of their lives and to promote the cultural, racial, and economic diversity of Brookline.
Annual Dress for Success Winter Coat Drive - Each year in November, the BCW holds a Winter Coat Drive for Dress for Success, a not-for-profit organization that offers services to underprivileged women entering the workforce. Each client receives one suit when she has a job interview and a week’s worth of separates when she gets the job. Clothing needed includes: winter coats, gloves, scarves, shoes and accessories.
Women Who Inspire Us - Each March, the BCW holds an essay contest among 6th, 7th and 8th graders. Students are asked to write about a “Woman Who Inspires Me.” Students have written about mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters, teachers, coaches, Big Sisters and mentors. The essay contest winners and the special woman in their lives are invited to a reception to honor these exceptional women who have impacted so many young people.
Woman of the Year - Each March, in celebration of National Women’s History Month, the BCW honors one woman from the community who has made a remarkable impact on the Town and people who live here. Past winners include: Attorney Sue Howard (2006), Domestic Violence Advocate Pat Norling (2007), BEEP Principal Vicki Milstein (2008), Community Advocate Hsiu-Lan Chang (2009), former Brookline Community Foundation Executive Director Molly Paul (2010), former Director of Steps to Success Janet Selcer, (2011) , former Director of Food Services for Brookline Public Schools Sonya Elder (2012) and Rita McNally has been named 2013 Woman of the Year (please see above).
Past Forums and Events:
Childcare Forum - In April 2013, the BCW hosted a forum on Childcare options.
Toxic Bust – Breast Cancer Awareness - In October 2008, the BCW partnered with the Brookline Health Department to show the documentary film, Toxic Bust, which explores the connection between toxic chemicals and breast cancer.
Making Cent$ of Money Management Seminar for Women - Series of financial management seminars sponsored by the Bank of Canton, Jennifer A. Lynch Committee Against Domestic Violence and the Brookline Commission for Women.
Status of Women in Brookline - In 2006, the BCW held a “Forum on the Status of Women” to discuss how Brookline women fare in terms of health, politics and business.
MA Commission on the Status of Women: www.mass.gov/women
Nat’l Women’s History Project: www.nwhp.org
Town of Brookline: www.brooklinema.gov
Contact the Brookline Commission for Women at BCW@brooklinema.gov
You can also follow the Brookline Commission for Women on Facebook.com.