The Cape Cod and Islands Commission on the Status of Women was enacted by law and established in 2009 to advance women toward full equity in all areas of life and to promote rights and opportunities for all women.

The mission of the Cape Cod and Islands Commission on the Status of Women is to provide a permanent, effective voice for women across Barnstable, Dukes and Nantucket Counties that facilitates and fosters community and inclusiveness among women. The Commission stands for fundamental freedoms, basic human rights and the full enjoyment of life for all women throughout their lives.

The Commission is comprised of thirteen appointed women who have had prior experience working toward the improvement of the status of women. Commissioners are drawn from diverse racial, ethnic, religious, age, sexual orientation, and socio-economic backgrounds from throughout Cape Cod & the Islands.

The Commission meets at least six times a year at the members’ discretion.

Responsibilities of the Commission:

-To study, review and report on the status of women in the counties;

-Inform leaders of business, education, health care, state and local governments and the communications media of issues pertaining to women;

-Serve as a liaison between government and community groups concerned with issues affecting women and families;

-Serve as a clearinghouse for information on issues pertaining to women;

-Identify and recommend qualified women for appointed positions at all levels of government, business and local institutions;

-Address programs and practices in all state and local agencies as they affect women;

-Consult with executive and legislative bodies about the effect of proposed legislation on women;

-Promote and facilitate collaboration among local women’s organizations;

-Provide a liaison between the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women and the Cape Cod and Islands Commission on the Status of Women.