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FRAMINGHAM – City of Framingham Mayor Yvonne M. Spicer has named 9 women to her newly-created Women and Families Working Group.

The Mayor’s Community Conversation in celebration of Women’s History Month sparked the idea of creating a working group to voice and address the needs of Framingham’s women and families.

“After the community conversation, a call went out to solicit people interested in serving as part of this working group. Mayor Spicer was looking for 7-9 residents to serve alongside her and Dr. Maritsa Barros, the City’s Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer,” said the City in a press release.

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The City of Framingham said 16 women applied.

“Each inquiry presented unique strengths and talents,” said the Spicer administration in a press release.

“After careful consideration, nine women representing all districts in Framingham were selected to serve on the working group,” said the press release.

Except District 9 does not have a representative.

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The women selected include:

• Carolyn Assa – (District 1)
• Jacqueline Reynolds – (District 2)
• Sharmilee Kannan – (District 3)
• Stephanie Deeley – (District 4)
• Helida Johnson – (District 5)
• Judy Gatlin – (District 6)
• Abby McCabe – (District 7)
• Rie Sugihara – (District 8)
• Isabel Famania – (District 4, grew up in district 9)

In Framingham, women make up more than half of our residents, said the City in a press release.

This new ad-hoc group will be tasked with advocating for women and families, addressing issues such as paid leave, fair and equitable wages, child care, and after-school programs, said the press release.

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