The Commission Celebrates its 20th Anniversary!
Twenty years ago the Oklahoma Legislature established and funded the Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women. This replaced a succession of Governor’s Commissions on the Status of Women, first created by Governor Henry Bellmon in 1965 and re-established by successive Governors.
Unlike those Commissions, by virtue of its permanent status the OCSW has a stable membership, engages in long-range planning, and offers repeated, regular activities and events connected with our mission of improving the lives of Oklahoma’s women and families.
In the last twenty years the OCSW has advised the Governor and Legislature on issues relating to women, has engaged citizens statewide, and has partnered with other agencies and organizations to fulfill our mission.
Our Women’s Summits range from broad discussions of issues to in-depth looks at women’s incarceration, gestational diabetes, and (in July 2014) human trafficking. We held regional roundtables. We’ve met in locations across the state.
As we travel, we’re recognizing Champions for Women across the state. We also recognize public servants and legislators who further the cause of women through our Kate Barnard and Guardian Awards, and, of course, we celebrate extraordinary women with induction into the Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame.
In recognition of its 20th anniversary, the Commission hosted a luncheon at the Governor's Pavilion, Thursday, November 13, 20134. Governor Mary Fallin, Former Governor David Walters and Former State Representative Laura Boyd were the keynote speakers for the event.