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Mya & Deanna Cook to be Honored



Mya and Deanna Cook of Malden will be honored as a member of the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women’s 2020 class of Commonwealth Heroines. Representative Steven Ultrino recommended Mya and Deanna for this recognition because of their work on impacting change for people of color. They will be honored with the other Commonwealth Heroines for their outstanding contributions to their community. The Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women will be virtually celebrating the seventeenth-annual Commonwealth Heroines Class of 2020. The Commission will be sharing a slideshow provided through a shared link on the original date of the event of June 24, 2020 on our social media platforms.

The Commonwealth Heroines are women who make the difference. Thousands of women in every community of the state perform unheralded acts on a daily basis that make our homes, neighborhoods, cities, and towns better places to live. Commonwealth Heroines use their time, talent, spirit, and enthusiasm to enrich the lives of others in their community. They are mentors, volunteers, and innovators who strive to protect and represent the interests of seniors, victims of violence, children, immigrants, and other vulnerable populations. They are the glue that keeps a community together.

“It was an honor to nominate Mya and Deanna for this award because of their work in the community and around the country addressing discrimination and advocating for changes which impact people of color” said Representative Ultrino. “I am amazed that these young ladies, starting at age 15, have dedicated so much time and effort to social justice. It takes immense bravery to share one’s personal story in an effort to become a catalyst for change to improve the lives of others.”

This event is made possible with the support of Eastern Bank, Eversource and Flour Bakery.

A complete list of this year’s honorees is available by contacting the Commission at

The Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women is an independent state agency that was legislatively created in 1998 to advance women of the Commonwealth to full equality in all areas of life and to promote their rights and opportunities. The MCSW provides a permanent, effective voice for the women of Massachusetts.


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