Join us for our upcoming meetings and events

More details for each event to come – watch this space!
Oct 20 – Friday Roundtable – (Optimist Cafe) A workshop on public speaking to prepare for the Cape Cod & Island Commission of the Status of Women hearing
Oct 26 – CWC Open House – Hyannis Golf Club (details pending)
Nov 17 – CWC Friday Roundtable – (Optimist Cafe) A presentation and discussion of County Government


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.



Join us for our next Breakfast Roundtable and Workshop!

Research & Speak Your Mind

Summer is a time sunshine and beaches here on Cape Cod. We slow down a bit, shift focus. Let’s keep some focus on moving forward with what is best for our community. Let’s keep our momentum through the summer months so that we can hit the ground running in civic engagement come September.

Please join the Cape Women’s Coalition for our discussion and workshop:

June 16, 2017, 8:00 – 10:00 AM
Optimist Cafe, Yarmouth Port, MA

Over breakfast and conversation learn:

Key points of effective Letter and Editorial Writing facilitated by Julie Lipkin, Letters to the Editor for the Cape Cod Times Editor
Tips and how to Researching the Issues in Your Town

July 4th will be here before we know it. Join us and explore how you can sustain your voice in civic engagement AND enjoy the summer.


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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.


More seats added: Join us for ‘Moving from Marching to Action’ May 4

Moving from Marching to Action

Thursday, May 4th, the Cape Women’s Coalition will host “MOVING FROM MARCHING TO ACTION.” This event will educate and inspire women who are interested in becoming more involved in community and civic engagement.  Seating is limited but we have added seats, creating room for more women.  Register with Eventbrite.

The evening will feature presentations by the League of Women Voters, the Cape Cod and Islands Commission on the Status of Women, and The Cape Women’s Coalition, focusing the work they are doing, the events and advocacy they have planned, and how women can get involved.

The presentations will be followed by a cocktail hour and networking with the presenting organizations and other local and regional organizations.

The Cape Women’s Coalition (CWC) is a non-partisan coalition of individuals and representatives of organizations working together as an agent of change to encourage and support women to enter public life and become leaders through civic engagement. We know that “if you don’t have a seat at the table, you are probably on the menu.” Currently there are many openings on Town Committees, Boards, and opportunities with local organizations where a woman’s voice would greatly impact the conversation.




Join us for our next event ‘Moving from Marching to Action’ May 4

Moving from Marching to Action

Seats are limited!

Join us for this next step. Local organizations will join us so you can:

  • Hear about organizations on Cape Cod that are making a difference for women and the community.
  • Learn more about CWC’s mission/vision and activities over the last year.
  • Take the opportunity to explore groups on the Cape and how you can get involved.

May 4, from 6 – 8:00 pm at the Hyannis Golf Club, 1840 Google Map

This event will be offered at no cost, if you would like to make a donation visit our Patron Page or use the link on the right.




Join us for our next event ‘Moving from Marching to Action’ May 4

Moving from Marching to Action

Join us for this next step. Learn  more about CWC’s mission/vision and activities over the last year and about organizations on Cape Cod that are making a difference for women and the community.

May 4, from 6 – 8:00 pm at the Hyannis Golf Club, 1840 Google Map

This event will be offered at no cost, if you would like to make a donation visit our Patron Page or use the link on the right.


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We need more women in local leadership, here’s how to get involved

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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 Continue reading

The Cape Women’s Coalition Needs YOU

Conference: Ensuring Economic Security for All Women and Their Families.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to learn about efforts to create or change policies for women. Add your voice.

“Our goal is to develop a policy framework that serves to coordinate the efforts of all those who are actively working to increase the economic security of women and their families. This includes stakeholders from the public, private and non-profit sectors.” Get involved. Registration and information.

The first biennial New England Women’s Policy Conference, held at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in the fall of 2014, was linked to the 50th anniversary of Kennedy’s Presidential Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW). The commission released its report to President Kennedy, the Congress, the Senate, and the nation in October of 1963. That report criticized the inequality women faced in many areas of American society and made a number of key recommendations on how to improve women’s lives. Unfortunately, over 50 years later, the inequality documented in 1963 persists with only modest improvement as we convene our second biennial conference. It remains striking how many recommendations from 1963 refer to issues and public policies that women are still fighting for today, from equal pay for equal work to affordable child care to paid family leave. At the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy (CWPPP) at UMass Boston – the hosts of this conference – we understand the importance of measuring women’s progress over the last five decades and renewing our commitment to making more substantial advances in the decades ahead. We will not wait another 50 years for equality for women and economic justice for all!