International Women’s Day Breakfast March 2, 2018


Thank you EVERYONE for making this year’s CWC International Women’s Day Event a resounding success! Despite the impending storm we had an enthusiastic group of women join us to hear, celebrate and support resilient women in our community!

Watch this video for a glance into the event!

video courtesy of Cape Cod Community Media Center

Please consider joining us every 4th Friday of the month at the Optimist Cafe for our Friday Roundtable Breakfasts. We will continue to discuss, educate and guide women as they continue their journeys in civic engagement on Cape Cod

For more information please continue to visit our website; follow us on Facebook and/or sign up for our mailing list/newsletter

This year’s theme is WE ARE RESILIENT! It has been an exciting year for women and women’s drive to be heard and have a seat at the table will continue!

The  energy to make positive change; to be heard; to tell our stories and share our perspective has continued to blossom as the national political scene becomes more and more tumultuous.

Women’s representation and voices at the table are an essential ingredient to the future success of our country. Come hear stories of women-just like you-who found their voice, a passion for their cause and are making a difference in our local policies.

An opportunity to learn how to craft your story and to tell it to your local officials is just one skill you will take away from this year’s breakfast.

We know you will be inspired to continue the work we all started last year!

Come learn and be inspired to act!

Show the world that We Are Resilient!




Cape Women’s Coalition Friday Roundtables Are Back

Save the date!

Cape Women’s Coalition Friday Roundtables Are Back!!!
Friday, August 18, 2017
At the Optimist Cafe
8:00 – 10:00 AM
134 MA-6A,
Yarmouth Port, MA 02675

Watch for details coming next week.




Another successful event! Keep on marching through the summer … stay tuned

We had a successful and productive morning Friday, June 16.  Stay tuned for information about our next event.

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Local Exhibit Features Women Pilots of World War II

Breaking Barriers – Women Airforce Service Pilots of WWII

A Special Exhibit For Summer 2017

Chatham Marconi Maritime Center

A unique new exhibit – “Breaking Barriers: the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) of World War II” – will debut when the Marconi-RCA Wireless Museum opens for the 2017 season during the June 16-18 annual Chatham History Weekend. Massachusetts Representative Sarah K. Peake will help cut the ribbon for the grand opening of the new exhibit at 10:30 AM, Saturday June 17.

In 1942, as the United States reeled from the attack on Pearl Harbor, trained male pilots were in short supply. Qualified pilots were needed to fight the war. The Army also was desperate for pilots to deliver newly built trainer aircraft to the flight schools in the South. Twenty-eight experienced civilian women pilots volunteered to take those ferrying jobs. They formed the country’s first female squadron late summer 1942. Between November 1942 and December 1944, 1,074 more women were trained to fly, first in Houston, TX and later moving to Avenger Field in Sweetwater, TX. Nancy Love and Jacqueline Cochran founded the two programs (Women’s Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron and Women’s Flying Training Detachment) that became the WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots) in August of 1943.

WASP flew 77 different types of military aircraft, including every aircraft in the Army Air Corp’s arsenal. In addition to ferrying, they served as engineering test pilots, flew B-26s and B-29s (to prove to male pilots that they were safe!), towed gunnery targets, transported equipment and non-flying personnel, and flight-tested aircraft after repairs. For over two years, WASP went on to perform a wide variety of aviation-related jobs and to serve at more than 120 bases around the country, including 9 WASP serving at Otis Field – now part of Joint Base Cape Cod in Bourne.

WASP Trainees were expected to complete college level course work, including physics, mathematics, algebra, meteorology and navigation. In addition, they studied airplane structure, hydraulics, engines and propellers, Morse code, electronics, communications, first aid, aerial photography, aerodynamics, military drill, and physical fitness training. By the time they graduated, WASP had each spent 560 hours in ground school and 210 hours in flight training.

The WASP were deactivated on December 20, 1944, prior to the war’s end. At that time, there were no honors, no benefits and no thanks. The WASP even had to pay for their own transportation home. Because the WASP records were stamped “SECRET,” their story was forgotten for many years.

In 1977, after lobbying Congress with the help of Senator Barry Goldwater and General Hap Arnold’s son, Colonel Bruce Arnold, the WASP were finally recognized and granted Veteran status. Finally, on July 1, 2009, President Barak Obama awarded the Congressional Gold Medal to the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) in recognition of their pioneering military service and exemplary record in the Armed Forces of the United States of America.

This special exhibit explores their pioneering experience, paralleling the experiences of the women who served as WAVES and SPARS here in Chatham during the war. It features elements and material from several noteworthy institutions including the National WASP WWII Museum in Sweetwater, TX, the Texas Woman’s University in Denton, TX and the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force in Pooler, GA. The WASP’s story progresses through 20 full-height panels of striking images with detailed explanations, supplemented with videos on interactive PCs for visitors to explore. One of these videos, entitled “Flying The Beam”, highlights the WASP’s use of radio navigation. Also featured is an actual working radio set – designated Aircraft Receiver BC-348-P and Aircraft Transmitter BC-458-A – used extensively in WWII aircraft such as the B-24 Liberator, B-17 Flying Fortress and B-26 Marauder that were among the many aircraft flown by the WASP. This radio set is on loan from former RCA Chatham wireless operator Harris Pitnof. It is on display with panels explaining that – in addition to being pilots – the WASP performed all the regular airborne duties including Flight Engineer and Navigator, and explaining this actual radio set that they would have used.



Women Wanted: Become a leader in your community

This program is a key component of the work Cape Women’s Coalition does. As town elections are taking place, appointments to boards and committees will follow.
Now is the time to get your application in, now is your chance to get involved! Be a leader in your community. Look at the opportunities in your town and jump in. Putting your name out there by filling out an application is the first step.
If you or someone you know, fits the background or skills needed for a town committee, recognize that not enough committees have represent the percentage of women in the populations they serve.
Go for it!

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!

You may see one with issues that interest you, or you may just want to learn about issues unfamiliar to you. A Point Person from the Cape Women’s Coalition will be happy to meet with you to answer any questions and explain some of the responsibilities of serving in your town. Point Persons also keep abreast of vacancies on boards, committees, and commissions.

CWC Point Persons:

Helen Bresnahan (sunrisedawn110@aol.com): Mashpee and Sandwich
Amy Sharpe (amy_sharpe@msn.com; 508-317-8402): Bourne, Falmouth, Brewster and Eastham
Florence Seldin (florencecape@comcast.net; 508-945-0192) Chatham
Susan Keohan (sue@sealightphotos.com; 508-349-0192): Wellfleet
Kathy Teahan (kathyteahan@hotmail.com;781-789-3317 ): Yarmouth, Barnstable, Truro, Provincetown, Orleans
Bev Johnson (wwkids@msn.com): Harwich and Dennis

The following list provides information about boards and committees and applications by town – find your town, get involved!

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

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

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

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

List of boards and committees and a printable version as well

List of boards and committees here

Committee vacancies
Application form

Committee vacancies
Application Form

Committee vacancies
Application form

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

Links to information regarding boards and committees, including application

Fill out this form to apply for boards and committees

List of committees, with link to application form

Boards and committees
Application form

Committee vacancies with link to application


Announcing the 2017 Breakfast Round-tables for women interested in civic leadership

OptimistFrontPhoto4Join us Friday, April 21, from 8 – 10AM at the Optimist Café, , for the second in our series of Cape Women’s Coalition’s breakfasts for women who are interested in becoming involved in local  leadership.

Are you are interested or considering running for local office, supporting women running for local office, or joining a town government board committee or commission? Join us for round-table discussions with women who have experience in local leadership.

You may bring up to two guests. Please RSVP, below, with your name and town, and the name (s) and email addresses (if available) of your guests. (Coffee is on us, all attendees responsible for their own breakfast.)

RSVP for Women’s Breakfast Round-table, Friday April 21, from 8-10 am:

Optimist Cafe: 


Announcing the 2017 Breakfast Round-tables for women interested in civic leadership

OptimistFrontPhoto4Beginning this Friday, March 17, from 8 – 10AM at the Optimist Café, the Cape Women’s Coalition will hold breakfasts for women who are interested in becoming involved in local  leadership.

Are you are interested or considering running for local office, supporting women running for local office, or joining a town government board committee or commission? Join us for round-table discussions with women who have experience Continue reading

Breakfast Program: Let’s Continue to March Forward


We are looking forward to this year’s breakfast this Friday!  As promised, this is a preview of our program for this year’s breakfast:

  • Welcome Liz Rabideau
  • Message From Elizabeth Warren
  • Remarks from Premier Sponsor, Cape Cod 5 Cents Savings Bank Anne Bailey Berman
  • Remarks from Amelia Earhart Sponsor, Cape Air Dan Wolf
  • We Marched and Were Heard Stories from the March
  • In Washington, Robbin Orbison
  • In Boston, Katia Regina Dacunha
  • On Cape Cod Flannery Rogers
  • Action Workshops
    • Speak Out: Let Our Representative Know Elizabeth Harder
    • Where and How You Can Be Active: Amy Sharpe/Kathy Teahan
    • Cape Women Influencing Legislation: Know Your Community Penelope Duby
  • Closing Words From Cape Women’s Coalition
  • Get Involved Andi Genser
  • Women’s Voices (Poem) Kristin Knowles

Attending Organizations:
League of Women Voters CIVIC
Engage SWIFT
WE CAN Independence House
Cape Cod Women’s Association PATH
Commission on the Status of Women
American Association of University Women