Joining a Town Committee

Don’t Just Get Mad, Do Something!

It’s time for Cape women to get involved in local government.

As this chart clearly demonstrates, the ratio of women to men serving on local boards, committees, and commissions is out of balance. Women’s perspectives and voices need to be a part of the decision making that determines our quality of life on Cape Cod today and in future.

In 2015 and 2016, women made up slightly more than a quarter of the chief executive and policy making bodies of Cape Cod towns. Twenty-two of 83 (27 percent) town councilors and selectmen were women.

However, in 2016, two towns – Bourne and Orleans — had no women on their select boards. In general, planning boards and zoning boards of appeals had even lower total numbers of women (22 percent and 12 percent, respectively). Bourne and Eastham have no women on their planning boards, but, in Dennis and Brewster, women are majorities on the planning boards. In 2014, the number of women on planning boards and finance committees was slightly higher than in 2015 and 1016. Housing committees continue to have the highest numbers of female members.

Join a board, committee or commission because you want to make a difference!

If you need more information or help learning about becoming involved in your town government please contact us at capewomenscoalition@gmail.com and an Advisory Board member will be in contact with you!

 

The following list provides some information about boards and committees and applications by town – find your town, get involved! We encourage you to visit your town’s website or call your town office for the most up-to-date information about local vacancies.

BARNSTABLE:
Webpage describing boards and committees the list of available seats on committees/commissions/boards
Application for Boards and Committees

BOURNE:
List of links to each board and committee details
List of vacancies and how to apply

BREWSTER:
Committee openings, with a link to a list and description of all committees and application form

CHATHAM:
List of committees, with links to vacancies and application form, conflict of interest information, and more

DENNIS:
List of boards and committees and a printable version as well

EASTHAM:
List of boards and committees here

FALMOUTH:
Committee vacancies
Application form

HARWICH:
Committee vacancies
Application Form

MASHPEE:
Committee vacancies
Application form

ORLEANS:
List of committee vacancies with links to application form, description of committees, and individual committee pages

PROVINCETOWN:
Links to information regarding boards and committees, including application

SANDWICH:
Fill out this form to apply for boards and committees

TRURO:
List of committees, with link to application form

WELLFLEET:
Boards and committees
Application form

YARMOUTH:
Committee vacancies with link to application

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