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 2020

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)


The mission of the Brookline Commission for Women is to promote equity and justice for all women and girls, including all who identify as female.

Our Core Values:

Gender Justice: We reject patriarchy, transphobia, and homophobia and work to create a world free from misogyny.

Intersectionality: We recognize that race, ethnicity, class/income, and gender intersect to compound discrimination against BIPOC women and girls.

Collaboration: We seek to work with other individuals, committees, and groups in Brookline to address issues of gender inequity.

Transparency: We act with and in front of the public as an essential part of our work.

Determination: We know change will happen only if we consistently name, document, and stand up to inequality, discrimination, and aggression against women and girls.


Our Work:

We advocate on behalf of all women and girls to ensure safety and equal treatment, voice, and participation in Brookline;


We support all women and girls who are struggling and who strive for a better life;


We celebrate the strength, contributions, and diversity of all women and girls.


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.