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.

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The Cape Women’s Coalition Needs YOU

REMINDER – Getting Involved: Serving on Town Boards and Committees


“If you don’t have a seat at the table, you may find yourself on the menu!”
Senator Elizabeth Warren, March 4, 2016

 Join us for our next  Cape Women’s Coalition’s event:

Getting Involved: Serving on Town Boards and Committees

Thursday, April 28, 2016, from 6:00 – 8 p.m.
The Solarium on the 2nd floor Lorusso Technology Building
Cape Cod Community College, 2240 Iyannough Rd., West Barnstable
(Parking lots 9, 10, recommended – elevator to 2nd FL and handicap parking available)


  • Welcome by Co-Chairs – Liz Rabideau & Maggie French
  • Overview of Cape Women’s Coalition and Opportunities in Local Government – Sue Rohrbach & Elisa Zawadzkas
  • Small group table discussions – What does serving on boards & committees involve? Talk to women who’ve been there.  Share your experiences and get your questions answered.  Learn what a CWC point person does.

Admission is free, light refreshments served.

RSVP appreciated but not required: capewomenscoalition@gmail.com

Donations are welcome.

Download and print invitation/flyer for this event

Thank You! 3rd Annual IWD Breakfast

The Cape Women’s Coalition would like to thank everyone who attended the 3rd Annual International Women’s Day Breakfast: Strengthening Women’s Voices in Local Leadership – Why It Matters.

There will be many additional ways for everyone to engage and participate in upcoming workshops and gatherings.

Please stay connected. Sign up for our enewsletter and “like” us on Facebook!

-Liz Rabideau, Co-Chair Cape Women’s Coalition

(Do you have photos of the event you’d like to share? Send them to CapeWomensCoalition@gmail.com)

Special Meeting for Cape Women Considering Running for Local Office

February 25 at 8 – 10 am
at the Optimist Cafe in Yarmouth Port,
134 Rt. 6a, (just East of Willow St.)
Yarmouth Port, MA (link to map)

This gives us the opportunity to reach out to more women on the Cape. Help us spread the word! Do you know a woman who is considering running for office?

This is a special meeting for women on Cape Cod who are seriously considering campaigning for local office. This small gathering will provide a more focused discussion about what is involved in a local election. This is a great opportunity for experienced advice.  Interested women must RSVP, details below.


Join a small group discussion with Sarah Peake designed to help local women who are seriously considering running for office.
We are reaching out, into our Cape Cod communities, to find women who are considering running for local office. Please help us get the word out about this special event.
  • Are you considering running for public office in your community?
  • Do you have questions or concerns?
  • Would you like to join a small group discussion with State Rep. Sarah Peake?
  • Come talk to Sarah who has run for multiple elected offices and hear her advice on how to handle a campaign.

In keeping with the mission of the Cape Women’s Coalition “to encourage and support women to enter public life and become leaders through civic engagement,” we have arranged a small-group discussion lead by Sarah Peake who has run for and served both in local and state offices. If you are considering taking this step or have decided you will run, please join us.

Deadlines for “pulling papers” to run in most Cape Cod towns are coming up and we want to help local women who are truly interested in running for office to serve their local community.

RSVP a must. Please Contact Linda at (617) 620-2157 or maccebula1@verizon.net to RSVP or with any questions.