award ceremony to be held April 29th in the Great Hall at the State House in Boston
by Becky Harvey
For the past ten years, the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women has hosted an event to recognize the “Unsung Heroines” of our commonwealth. The honor originally was given to only three to five women per year, but the commission soon came to realize the vast number of women from around the state who make enormous contributions that widely go unnoticed. It soon changed its goal to try and recognize a woman from every town in the state, each year. Members came to realize that with 351 towns in the state, there was nowhere in the state house to host such a large endeavor. The goal now, is to have legislators from around the commonwealth nominate deserving women. They aim to honor “about one hundred women a year,” according to Jill Ashton who serves the Director of the committee. “This year we’re honoring 83 women.”
According to the Commission’s website, their mission “is to provide a permanent, effective voice for women across Massachusetts. The Commission stands for fundamental freedoms, basic human rights and the full enjoyment of life for all women throughout their lives. The purpose of the commission is to advance women toward full equality in all areas of life and to promote rights and opportunities for women.” This yearly award is a way to showcase women who regularly exemplify these qualities.
Oxford’s very own Brenda Ennis has been chosen to receive this coveted and prestigious award. She has served the town of Oxford as a school committee member for three terms and is planning a run at a fourth. She is extremely well known by many in the town. Her service has been marked by her outspoken and undying dedication to students, parents, educators and tax-payers of the town alike.
Superintendent of Schools Allen Himmelberger took the time to thank her and offer his congratulations to Ennis at the last school committee meeting. Her fellow school committee members echoed Himmelberger’s sentiment, praising her for her many years of service.