WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2013/2014

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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Volunteerism The Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women is empowered to: to women testify about important issues impacting their lives. Taking into account what they n Study, review, and report on the status of learn, along with data from key sources including the census, the Commission makes policy women in the Commonwealth recommendations to the administrative and legislative branches of the state government. health care, state and local governments, n Victoria also serves on Mayor Menino's Women's Workforce Council, striving to close the Inform leaders of business, education, and the communications media of issues pertaining to women wage gap between women and men. While women in Massachusetts are the most educated of any state in the country, the Commonwealth is only 37th in the country in closing the wage gap. n Serve as a clearinghouse for information on issues pertaining to women n Identify and recommend qualified women for appointive positions at all levels of government, including boards and commissions n Promote and facilitate collaboration among local women's commissions and among women's organizations in the state Victoria explains the reason: "Being highly educated does not eliminate the wage gap. Professional positions in which salary is influenced by management, not an hourly wage, allow systems with less transparency and more discretion to express cultural bias through managers, exacerbating rather than closing the gender wage gap." In addition to advocating for gender equality at the state level, Victoria serves our country advising the Obama Administration on national gender policy issues, as well. Victoria greets each day with a personal mantra: "I wonder what wonderful thing could happen today?" Given the substantial We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 3 / 2 0 1 4 philanthropic efforts of people like Angus, Pat, Femina, and Victoria, we should be asking ourselves: "I wonder what wonderful things these giving members of our community will be contributing to society today?" We are all the beneficiaries of their meaningful lives. 88

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