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Posted on: May 4, 2021

Framingham Women and Families Working Group



For further information, contact:

Kelly McFalls

Tel (508) 532-5437 

M (774) 285-1315


Framingham Women and Families Working Group Takes Shape as 

Mayor Yvonne M. Spicer Selects Nine Local Women 


Framingham, MA – Mayor Yvonne M. Spicer selects nine Framingham residents to comprise the Women and Families Working Group.


The March 2 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. This is consistent with the Mayor’s vision to make a concerted effort to improve the lives of women and families in the City of Framingham.

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.


Sixteen women responded to the call. Each inquiry presented unique strengths and talents. After careful consideration, nine women representing all districts in Framingham were selected to serve on the working group.


The women selected include:

  • Carolyn Assa - (District 1)
  • Jacqueline Reynolds - (District 2)
  • Sharmilee Balasubramanian- (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. 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, etc.

 Congratulations to all the women selected for the Mayor’s Women and Families Working Group.

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