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”.