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.
Vision: The Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women is a strong, recognized, and respected voice for women in Oklahoma.
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.
Save the Date!
Help us celebrate our 20th
November 13, 2014
Luncheon at noon
The Governor's Pavilion
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.