They must be board

Winnipeg Sun - - NEWS -

BROOK­LINE, Mass. — A Mas­sachusetts town 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 tells NECN 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 allinclu­sive. They sug­gest us­ing terms such as “se­lect­peo­ple” and just “per­son” be­cause that prob­a­bly “would make ev­ery­body happy.”

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