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Members Sought for the Cambridge Commission on the Status of Women. Application Deadline 10-16-23.

Cambridge City Manager Yi-An Huang is seeking persons interested in serving on the Cambridge Commission on the Status of Women. The application deadline is Monday, October 16, 2023.

What is the Cambridge Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW) 
A City Council ordinance in 1977 established the CCSW as a department of City government. Since then, CCSW has worked to promote equity for all women through policy recommendations, program development, and building public awareness on the significant issues affecting women in the city. CCSW advocates for and creates opportunities for women’s advancement through partnership and collaboration with other City departments, local organizations, and the many communities within Cambridge.

The Cambridge Women’s Commission recognizes, supports, and advocates for all who self-identify as women or with womanhood, including transgender, gender fluid, and non-binary persons. We stand with and for all women regardless of immigration status, sexuality, race, ethnicity, ability, or religion.

What does the CCSW do?
The Cambridge Women’s Commission works in partnership and collaboration with other City departments, local organizations, and the various communities that make up Cambridge and relies on an all-volunteer Commission to support the Executive Director in accomplishing its goals. Commissioners help staff create and promote programs and services that:

  • Foster the advancement of women,  particularly historically underrecognized women;
  • Create and promote programs that increase public awareness and understanding of multiple issue areas, including but not limited to gender-based violence, women’s history, women’s health, racism, and workplace equity;
  • Provide technical assistance, information, and referral to individuals, community organizations, businesses, and other City departments related to women’s services;
  • Work with community organizations and coalitions to promote equity for Cambridge women and girls.

To learn about some of our current and past programming and initiatives, please visit us online.

What skills and abilities are needed to serve on Cambridge Women's Commission?
While experience working with women is not a requirement, a commitment to and an interest in principles of anti-racism, equity, anti-oppression, autonomy, and dignity for women is required. Additionally, all Commissioners must be Cambridge residents.

The city is committed to advancing a culture of antiracism, diversity, equity, and inclusion. All board and commission members in Cambridge must have the ability to work and interact effectively with individuals and groups with a variety of identities, cultures, backgrounds, and ideologies. Women, minorities, veterans, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Commissioners should be able to:

  • Participate in a collaborative process;
  • Consider diverse ideas and perspectives;
  • Represent the Commission at community meetings;
  • Bring the needs and issues of the communities you connect with back to the Commission;
  • Be aware of your own privilege and power; how you use it and how it influences your experiences in the world.

When does the Commission meet and what is the time commitment for commissioners?
CCSW meets the second Wednesday of every month, from 6-8 p.m. at 51 Inman Street. Commissioners are expected to attend these monthly meetings, in addition to community events, programs, and meetings as needed and as able. The position is a three-year term. Women who may have a harder time meeting these time commitments – single parents, jobs requiring evening hours, etc. are also encouraged to apply and CCSW will work to accommodate as best as possible.

Under the provisions of the Massachusetts Open Meeting Law, meetings are usually required to be in person; although the Women’s Commission did meet remotely under the temporary Open Meeting Law provisions established during the COVID-19 pandemic and will continue to utilize remote capabilities whenever public health needs arise.

Do commissioners get compensated for their time?
Board and commission members in Cambridge do not generally receive compensation for their time. However, the City has explored the possibility of offering a stipend for high time commitment boards. Serving on CCSW does not require a high time commitment and therefore is not under consideration for a potential stipend at this time.

How to Apply
Individuals interested in being considered should apply by using the City’s online application system at www.cambridgema.gov/apply and selecting “Commission on the Status of Women” in the list of Current Vacancies. A cover letter and résumé or summary of applicable experience can be submitted during the online application process. If you have questions about the application process or need assistance, please contact the City Manager's Office at 617-349-4300 or boardsandcommissions@cambridgema.gov. The deadline for submitting applications is Monday, October 16, 2023.

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