Brookline Commission for Women



Every person of color should be able to walk any street with pride and in comfort, with peace of mind. Free from ridicule and judgement. Kimberlé Crenshaw, who developed and named the idea of “intersectionality," wrote: “If Black lives really do matter, ALL Black lives have to matter. That means Black lives across gender have to be lifted up. #SayHerName is a clarion call, not just a hashtag -- a demand that the stories and perspectives of Black women are included in our demands for justice and accountability.”

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Women Who Inspire Us event POSTPONED. New date TBD.

Due to the precautionary measures taken by the Town of Brookline to prevent the spread of Covid-19, Due to the precautionary measures taken by the Town of Brookline to prevent the spread of Covid-19, the Brookline Commission for Women’s Women Who Inspire Us event scheduled for Wednesday, March 25th, will be postponed. We hope to be able to hold the event before the end of June if circumstances allow and to celebrate our Woman of the Year, Kim Kushner, as well as the winners of our Student Essay Contest (to be announced soon).

We urge everyone in the community to pay particular attention to potentially vulnerable families during this difficult time. The Brookline Food Pantry, including the Brookline Thrives program founded by our Woman of the Year, is stepping up to make sure families facing food insecurity are not further compromised by virus-related disruptions and the closing of schools. YOU CAN HELP by making a donation or offering to volunteer here:

We are thrilled to announce Brookline’s 2020 Woman of the Year:


Founder and Director of Brookline Thrives

For more information about Brookline Thrives:

Please join the BCW in congratulating the winners of our 

“A Woman Who Inspires Me” Essay Contest 2020:

Grades 3–5

1st Place: Sonia Wexler (5th Grade, Heath School)

2nd Place: Lixuan Wang (4th Grade, Runkle School)

3rd Place: Ella Blaser (5th Grade, Driscoll School)

Sp. Mention: Sanami Yukawa (3rd Grade, Lawrence School)

Grades 6–8

1st Place: Adithi Jayashankar (6th Grade, Heath School)

2nd Place: Sylvie Sacks (7th Grade, Baker School)

3rd Place: Ylan Mai Liu (7th Grade, Heath School)

Grades 9-12

1st Place: Gareth Jones (9th Grade, BHS)

2nd Place: Samantha Donahue (11th Grade, BHS)

3rd Place: Caroline Davis (12th Grade, BHS)


  • Meenakshi Garodia (2022)                                                                       
  • Jennifer Goldsmith (2020)                                                                         Acting Secretary                                                  
  • Hadassah Margolis (2022)                     
  • Nicole McClelland (2020)                                                                           Acting Vice Chair                                             
  • Felina Robinson (2022)                                    
  • Gloria Rudisch (2021)                                                                           
  • Elizabeth Stillman (2022)

  • Rebecca Stone (2021)                                                                                 Acting Chair                                                              


The Brookline Commission for Women (BCW) promotes fair, just, and equal treatment of women and girls in Brookline; advances inclusion and representation of women in all aspects of Town life; and works to achieve cultural, economic, educational, health, legal, political, racial, and social equity for women everywhere.  

The BCW meets on the first Wednesday of every month at 7pm at the Brookline Health Department's Library (2nd Floor, 11 Pierce Street, Brookline, MA 02445).  Please check the Town calendar for posted meeting dates and times.