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Commission on the Status of Women

The Sonoma County Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) was established in 1975 to promote equal rights and opportunities that enhance the quality of life for all women and girls and to address issues of discrimination and prejudice that negatively affect women in Sonoma County.

The Commission operates under the Equal Employment Opportunity Division of the County’s Human Resources Department. For more information refer to the resources provided below or contact the Commission’s office.

Our latest endeavor is the development of a Women’s Coalition of organizations here in Sonoma County. We are proud to roll-out a new program within the Commission of the Status of Women that will reach our women by being in support of some of their needs through a Resource for Women and Girls.

Women’s History Month Events

When and Where does the Commission Meet?

The Commission holds its regular meeting on the 2nd Thursday of each month, beginning at 6:00 PM.

Please call for meeting location.

What are the Commission’s Goals, Projects and Activities?

The Commission’s Work Plan describes the current projects and objectives. If you have questions about the Commission’s projects, please contact us at:

Contact:
Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)
Phone:
(707) 565-2693 Work
Email:

Commission Projects

  • Junior Commission
  • Women’s History Month
  • Representation Events

Past Commission Sponsored Events

Historically speaking, what was the Status of Women in Sonoma County back in 2007?

The Commission released the Report on the Status of Women in Sonoma County – 2007, the culmination of the Commission’s work for the 2005 – 6 and 2006 – 2007 biennium. The Report’s conclusions were based on statistical data as well as widespread input from the public, community organizations and public agencies:

How does the Commission Support Youth Interested in Women’s Issues?

The Junior Commissioner Project, a nationally recognized, ground-breaking program helps develop and mentor youth for leadership roles by giving them the opportunity to participate in advocacy, while developing their communication and presentation skills, and educating their school-aged peers about important issues and encouraging them to make a positive impact on their communities.

Each September, eight to twelve youth are selected to serve as Junior Commissioners for a one-year term

Applications will be accepted September 1 through September 19, 2014 for the Junior Commissioner Project term that begins October 8, 2014 and runs to June 2015. The Junior Commission is open to all Sonoma County teenagers between 14 and 18 years of age. The program is overseen and sponsored by members of the adult Commission. . Please see the Junior Commission Information (PDF: 23 kB), Proyecto Comisionado Juvenil Información (PDF: 24 kB) and the Junior Commission Application (PDF: 30 kB), Aplicación Para el Proyecto Comisionado Juvenil (PDF: 32 kB). Selected candidates will be notified for interviews by September 22, 2014.

2012-2013 Junior Commissioner Project Final Report (PDF: 4.52 MB)

How is the Commission Organized?

The Commission is comprised of 15 members; 3 from each supervisorial district. The Commission’s structure of Liaisons, Coordinators, and Ad Hoc Committees allows it work effectively in accomplishing its goals.

Who is on the Commission?

The Roster is the current listing of Commissioners. There are currently openings in every district. The Commission encourages women who want to make a difference in their community to apply.

How Can I Get Involved with the Commission?

First, we recommend that you attend one of the Commission’s monthly meetings. Additional information and applications are provided below.

  • Commissioners are appointed by their respective Supervisor and serve for a 2-year term. Commissioners are expected to attend monthly Commission meetings and work on at least one Commission project.
    • Role of a Commissioner:Description of the roles and responsibilities for serving as on the Commission on the Status of Women.
    • Commissioner Application: Commissioners are appointed by their respective Supervisor (3 to each district) and serve for a 2-year term. The application form is available at the Board of Supervisors Web site.
  • Volunteers are members of the public who work with the Commission by serving on one of Commission’s project work groups, and/or helping with a special event. For more information about volunteering, please contact Commission’s office.

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