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Women's Advancement Office to promote Boston gender equality

The Mayor’s Office of Women’s Advancement aims to improve Boston gender equality.

Women work feminism sexism career Boston City Hall wants to help progress the well being of local women. (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh yesterday announced the formation of a department that aims to improve Boston gender equality.

A Walsh spokeswoman said the purpose of the new Mayor’s Office of Women’s Advancement is to "promote equal rights and equal economic, social, political and educational opportunities for all women and girls throughout Boston."

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Walsh also promised the revitalization of the Boston Women’s Commission, which he said will advise him and help city officials fulfill its mission of "attaining full equity for women in all areas of life."

The group is a comprised of female and male leaders in business, academia, the non-profit sector, and civil society.

The announcement comes a day after the Boston Globe reported that in Walsh's first five months, he has hired predominantly men and filled most full-time jobs with white employees.

About 59 percent of full-time hires have been white, and 66 percent are men, according to data provided by the city.

“Women make up 52 percent of Boston’s population, so there is a social and economic need to ensure equal opportunities for women in the city,” said Megan Costello, who will serve as the Executive Director of the Office of Women’s Advancement, as well as the Chair of the Boston Women’s Commission.

“For the first time in nearly 20 years, we now have an appointed Boston Women’s Commission that will help make women equal participants in Boston’s economy and civil society," Costello said. "And with the Mayor’s Office of Women’s Advancement, we now have a vehicle for tangible policy change.”

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