Created by the Massachusetts League of Cities and Towns in 1970, the Women Elected Municipal Officials Committee (WEMO) was one of the first associations of women public officials in the United States.

With MMA support, WEMO promotes the leadership of women officials and sponsors programming oriented to issues and concerns raised by its members.

The group’s most popular event is the annual WEMO Leadership Luncheon, held during the MMA Annual Meeting & Trade Show in January. The luncheon, which features a keynote speaker, celebrates women elected and appointed local officials in cities and towns across the Commonwealth. Past speakers include former Public Safety Secretary Andrea Cabral, minister and former news anchor Liz Walker, and Attorney General Maura Healey.

Leominster City Councillor Claire Freda is the president of WEMO.