BROOKLINE, Mass. — A Massachusetts town has removed “men” from the name of its governing body.

Brookline approved changing Board of Selectmen to Select Board at a Town Meeting vote Tuesday. The title of “selectman” was replaced with “select board member.”

The five-member panel includes two women.

The Boston Globe reports the measure also requires the use of gender-neutral language in town documents and communications.

The changes were proposed by Alex Coleman, a member of the town’s Commission for Diversity Inclusion & Community Relations. Coleman said the measure is intended to help reflect a commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Coleman said similar changes have been made in Newton and Amherst.

Brookline Town Meeting member Michael Burstein had proposed referring to all board members as selectwomen. The proposal didn’t pass.


Information from: The Boston Globe, http://www.bostonglobe.com

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