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Women’s Advancement

Women’s Advancement

We facilitate full and equal participation to support and enhance the quality of life for women and girls in the City of Boston.

Our mission is to advocate for equal opportunity for women in all arenas of our City. We provide opportunities for women that emphasize economic equality, and the health and safety of all women.

Women's Advancement
1 City Hall Square
Room 804
Boston, MA 02201-2025
United States
Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Who we are

What we do:

The Office of Women's Advancement is an embodiment of Mayor Walsh’s commitment to advancing and supporting women in Boston.

We provide a permanent, effective voice for all female residents of Boston by working inclusively with public, private, and non-profit partners on key issues that significantly affect women and girls.

We focus on three priority areas:
  1. Economic equity
  2. Health and safety
  3. Data and research
Some of our work includes:
  • Research on paid parental leave and childcare affordability
  • A multi-pronged approach to closing the gender wage gap
  • Reducing the demand for sex trafficking in the City of Boston
  • Creating specific programming for women entrepreneurs

Stay Connected

Monthly updates on events and information important to women and allies in Boston.

News and Announcements

This year's theme, "Get Inspired, Get Connected, Get Funded, Get Big" aims to address challenges in funding, mentorship and growing women-led businesses
Oct 5

City announces Third Annual We BOS Week to support women entrepreneurs

Women's advancement
UMass Boston research explores how women use new skills gained in city-sponsored workshops to negotiate higher salaries, improve gender equity in their workplaces
Sep 5

Report on City-sponsored salary negotiation workshops for women released

Women's advancement
Apr 3

Mayor Walsh, AAUW to host 14 free salary negotiation workshops to mark equal pay awareness week

Women's advancement
Mayor Walsh spoke at a wage gap press conference on January 5
Jan 5

First-of-its-kind report on Greater Boston gender wage gap released

Women's advancement

Boston Women's Memorial

The memorial is dedicated to three women who helped shape the City’s history.