Se­lect­ing agenda

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A TOWN in Mas­sachusetts says it will con­sider chang­ing the name of its gov­ern­ing body from the Board of Select­men to the Board of Select­women.

Brook­line town meet­ing mem­ber Michael Burstein said un­der his pro­posal all mem­bers of the board, whether male or fe­male, would be re­ferred to as “select­women”. A se­cond pro­posal would cre­ate gen­der-neu­tral lan­guage for the board and its mem­bers.

Board mem­bers will take up the pro­pos­als at their Novem­ber meet­ing. Board mem­ber Heather Hamil­ton says she be­lieves ti­tles and sym­bols mat­ter and she’s look­ing for­ward to an “in­ter­est­ing hash-out” on the pro­pos­als.

Town res­i­dents say the ti­tles should be all-in­clu­sive.

They sug­gest us­ing terms such as “se­lect­peo­ple” and sim­ply “per­son”.

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