Brookline Commission for Women

2021 Women of the Year

TONIGHT 4/28 at 7:30 p.m. via Zoom

Join us for our Women of the Year celebration!

Didn’t preregister or haven’t received the link? Please email Liz Stillman at to receive the Zoom link (or if you are having trouble signing in).

The Brookline Commission for Women is delighted to announce our 2021 Women of the Year, four amazing individuals and one team of two. They all have risen to meet the extraordinary challenges of our times by marshaling the Brookline community to see, hear, and respond to those challenges effectively and with lasting impact.

We had an unprecedented number of nominees in this unprecedented year: nearly 80 of you submitted recommendations for 25 nominees. We thank all our nominators and especially the nominees, all of whom inspired us with their passion, energy, and caring work in and for the Brookline community.

Our 2021 Brookline Women of the Year are:

Bonnie Bastien, founder of Mutual Aid Brookline. MAB volunteers have spent more than 10,000 hours since March 2020 delivering food and medications, financial assistance, and a helping hand in countless ways to the most vulnerable in the Brookline community.

Ann Brackett and Andrea Johnson, co-founders and leaders of Women Thriving, empowering and co-creating opportunities for women with low income to thrive through learning, leadership development, and community.

Deborah Brown, a leading advocate for racial justice, whose energetic work during Covid-19 moved Brookline to focus town attention and resources on vulnerable residents, especially those facing food and housing insecurity.

Kathleen Scanlon, leader of Brookline of Mothers Out Front, mobilizing Brookline’s efforts to reduce fossil fuel use, expand Brookline Green Electricity and composting, and drive legislative action to address climate change.

Chi Chi Wu, leader of the Brookline Asian American Family Network (BAAFN), supporting the needs of Brookline’s vibrant AAPI community and, during the pandemic, mobilizing Brookline to combat rising anti-Asian rhetoric and hate crimes.

2021 WoY Announce Poster

On Tuesday, March 23rd, the Brookline Commission for Women voted the following Statement in Solidarity with Our AAPI Community, Condemning Anti-Asian Hate and Violence Against Women.

아시아인 혐오 및 여성 폭력을 규탄하는 AAPI 커뮤니티 연대 성명

聲援我們的亞裔美國和太平洋島民 (AAPI) 社群 譴責反亞裔仇恨與暴力侵害婦女的聲明

Tuyên bố Đoàn kết với Cộng đồng AAPI của chúng tôi lên án sự căm ghét đối với người châu Á và bạo lực đối với phụ nữ


AAPI Support BCW 3.23.21


Rebecca Stone (2021)
Felina Silver Robinson (2021)
Vice Chair
Elizabeth Stillman (2022)

Carol Caro (2023)
Lucy Chie headshot
Lucy Chie (2023)

Meenakshi Garodia (2022)                     

Aileen Lee (2023)                      


Hadassah Margolis (2022)


Nicole McClelland (2023) 


Gloria Rudisch (2021)                              


Homa Sarabi-Daunais (2022)



Every person of color should be able to walk any street with pride and in comfort, with peace of mind. Free from ridicule and judgement. Kimberlé Crenshaw, who developed and named the idea of “intersectionality," wrote: “If Black lives really do matter, ALL Black lives have to matter. That means Black lives across gender have to be lifted up. #SayHerName is a clarion call, not just a hashtag -- a demand that the stories and perspectives of Black women are included in our demands for justice and accountability.”

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Women Who Inspire Us 2020

Watch the Video

Congratulation to Brookline’s 2020 Woman of the Year:


Founder and Director of Brookline Thrives

For more information about Brookline Thrives:

Please join the BCW in congratulating the winners of our 

“A Woman Who Inspires Me” Essay Contest 2020:

Grades 3–5

1st Place: Sonia Wexler (5th Grade, Heath School)

2nd Place: Lixuan Wang (4th Grade, Runkle School)

3rd Place: Ella Blaser (5th Grade, Driscoll School)

Sp. Mention: Sanami Yukawa (3rd Grade, Lawrence School)

Grades 6–8

1st Place: Adithi Jayashankar (6th Grade, Heath School)

2nd Place: Sylvie Sacks (7th Grade, Baker School)

3rd Place: Ylan Mai Liu (7th Grade, Heath School)

Grades 9-12

1st Place: Gareth Jones (9th Grade, BHS)

2nd Place: Samantha Donahue (11th Grade, BHS)

3rd Place: Caroline Davis (12th Grade, BHS)


The mission of the Brookline Commission for Women is to promote equity and justice for all women and girls, including all who identify as female.

Our Core Values:

Gender Justice: We reject patriarchy, transphobia, and homophobia and work to create a world free from misogyny.

Intersectionality: We recognize that race, ethnicity, class/income, and gender intersect to compound discrimination against BIPOC women and girls.

Collaboration: We seek to work with other individuals, committees, and groups in Brookline to address issues of gender inequity.

Transparency: We act with and in front of the public as an essential part of our work.

Determination: We know change will happen only if we consistently name, document, and stand up to inequality, discrimination, and aggression against women and girls.


Our Work:

We advocate on behalf of all women and girls to ensure safety and equal treatment, voice, and participation in Brookline;


We support all women and girls who are struggling and who strive for a better life;


We celebrate the strength, contributions, and diversity of all women and girls.


The BCW meets on the first Wednesday of every month at 7pm at the Brookline Health Department's Library (2nd Floor, 11 Pierce Street, Brookline, MA 02445).  Please check the Town calendar for posted meeting dates and times.