Programs & Events

Woman of the Year

Each March, in celebration of National Women’s History Month, the BCW honors 1 woman from the community who has made a significant impact on the town and people who live here.  Past winners include:

  • BHS World Languages Department teacher and adviser for the Asian Pacific American Club, Lihua Shorter (2019)
  • Executive Co-Director of Artbarn Community Theater, Chloe Lara-Russack   (2018)
  • Brookline Community Activist and Collaborator, Misti Jaynes (2017)
  • Food Pantry Executive Director, Rene Feuerman (2016)
  • Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Advocate and Violence Prevention Coordinator at BPD, Doreen Gallagher (2015)
  • BEEP educator, Mary Dunne (2014)
  • Engaged Community Leader, Rita McNally (2013)
  • Former Director of Food Services for Brookline Public Schools Sonya Elder (2012)
  • Former Director of Steps to Success Janet Selcer, (2011)
  • Former Brookline Community Foundation Executive Director Molly Paul (2010)
  • Community Advocate Hsiu-Lan Chang (2009)
  • BEEP Principal Vicki Milstein (2008)
  • Domestic Violence Advocate Pat Norling (2007)
  • Attorney Sue Howard (2006)

Women Who Inspire Us Student Essay Contest 

Each winter, the BCW holds a a middle school essay contest. Students write about a “Women Who Inspires Me,” and awards are given at a ceremony in March at which we also recognize our Woman of the Year. 

Dress for Success Winter Coat Drive

Each year in November, the Brookline Commission for Women (BCW) holds a Winter Coat Drive for Dress for Success, a not-for-profit organization that "empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire, and the development tools to help them thrive in work and in life."

Sign up to get updates about the Dress for Success coat drive! BCW@brooklinema.gov

Past Forums & Events

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Childcare Forum - In April 2013 and September 2014, the BCW hosted forums on childcare options.
  • 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.