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Greenfield, women’s group to hold public hearing

GREENFIELD — The town, along with the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women, will host a public hearing on Wednesday to talk about issues and concerns important to women and the workplace barriers they face each day.

The hearing will be held at Greenfield High School from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

The town and commission are inviting residents, members of organizations and government officials from the county to attend, especially those that advocate for women and families in the region.

People will have the opportunity to participate by providing testimony and giving recommendations.

The commission represents one of the 13 municipal, regional and state commissions appointed to advance women toward full equality in all areas of life and to provide them with a permanent, effective voice in communities across the state.

All speakers will be recorded and what they have to say will be discussed by commissioners to consider the impact of policy on women and families in the region.

Findings will be cited in the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women’s Annual Report and commissioners will follow up by working with regional organizations and elected officials to assess the impact of legislation.

The commission will accept both oral and written testimony at the public hearing.

Anyone who would like to speak at the hearing should sign in upon arrival and will be called in the order they signed up. Comments will be limited to three minutes per speaker. Those comments should include recommendations.

For more information about the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women or the upcoming public hearing, contact Jill Ashton at 617-626-6520 or e-mail: mcsw@state.ma.us.

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