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Our Mission

Mission: The Mission of the Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women is to strengthen and empower women in Oklahoma by improving their opportunities and quality of life.

Our Vision

Vision: The Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women is a strong, recognized, and respected voice for women in Oklahoma.


Our Purpose

The Oklahoma Legislature created the Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women in 1994 to act as an advisory entity on equity issues relating to gender bias; monitor legislation to determine whether it is discriminatory toward one gender or the other; act as a resource and a clearinghouse for research on issues related to women and gender bias; report annually to the Governor, President Pro Tempore of the Senate, and Speaker of the House of Representatives regarding its activities; and make recommendations concerning needed legislation or regulatory changes relating to equity and gender bias.







The Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women (OCSW) is celebrating its 20nth year anniversary as a state agency! Over the years the agency has been actively involved in key priorities affecting Oklahoma women and families. Below is a list of items the Commission has been engaged in over the last 2 decades:  


Hosted and celebrated with some 71 women leaders their induction into the Women’s Hall of Fame. The Induction Ceremonies are held biannually, with the next celebration being hosted April 2015


Sponsored twelve women’s summits, covering topics on Incarcerated Women, Women’s Health, Women in Leadership, and Human Trafficking.  The purpose of each summit is to assist state legislators, and other service agencies in increasing awareness, shaping and implementing state action plans and policies. Summits are held biannual, and the next summit will be 2016


Presented the Annual Kate Barnard Award to an elected and/or appointed female public official who has made a difference in Oklahoma by providing outstanding service as a public servant. The ceremony is held during the first month of session in February


Presented the Annual Guardian Award to an elected official who has made significant governmental contributions to guarding, protecting and preserving the rights of women and families. The ceremony is held during session in May


Acted on equity issues relating to gender bias not only to state agencies and employees, but also to communities, organizations, and businesses of Oklahoma


Works closely with the Oklahoma Women's Coalition to track and review bills related to women and family issues during Session


Partner with the Women's Leadership Initiative, at the Carl Albert Center on the University of Oklahoma campus concerning the "Appointments Project (TAP)". TAP identifies and encourages women to apply for appointments to statewide boards and commissions for the State of Oklahoma





Last Modified on 09/08/2014
Special Announcements

  • Special rates available at the Sheraton Hotel for the SIS Human Trafficking Summit on July 17, 2014 for $144 + tax. To book a room call 405/815-6004. Self parking $10.00, valet, $25.00.
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