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Commission on the Status of Women


The Commission on the Status of Women (COSW) is a commission of the City and County of San Francisco whose purpose is to ensure women and girls equal economic, social, political and educational opportunities throughout the city.


The Commission on the Status of Women was established by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1975 after years of advocacy on the part of the San Francisco women's community. In 1994, the voters of San Francisco approved Proposition E, which created a permanent City Department on the Status of Women to carry out the policies of the Commission.


The San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women promotes equitable treatment and fosters the advancement of women and girls throughout San Francisco through policies, legislation, and programs, both within City and County government and in the private sector, that focus on populations in need.


The Commission uses a human rights framework to guide its policies and programs. In general, programs include workplace equality, equality in City budgets and programs, promoting women in leadership roles, ending violence against women, and women's health needs. Visit the Department on the Status of Women website for details about the Commission's programs.


The Commission comprises 7 individuals appointed by the Mayor to 4-year renewable terms. Commissioners meet on the 4th Wednesday of each month, except November and December, when meetings are on the 3rd Wednesday.  See the Commission Meeting Schedule for details.

Last updated: 2/24/2014 10:01:07 AM