History

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The Commission on the Status of Women was established on December 23, 1975 (Ordinance No. 1850) with the charge to “take affirmative action to eliminate the practice of discrimination and prejudice because of gender in the areas of housing, education, community services, and related fields.”

Since that time, appointed Commissioners have worked tirelessly, on a voluntary basis, to keep Sonoma County’s governing body aware of the issues that impact women and girls in the County.  Here you will find resolutions adopted by the County of Sonoma Board of Supervisors at the request of the Commission.  For more information on the current ways Commissioners uphold the charge tasked to them, please see our Mission Statement and What We Do.

In 1980, the National Women’s History Project was founded in Santa Rosa, California. Recognizing the dignity and accomplishments of women leads to higher self-esteem among girls, and greater respect among boys and men. The results can be remarkable – from increasing achievement levels of girls in school to less violence against women – leading to more stable and cooperative communities. 

2017 Commission Resolutions

Resolution in Support of Safeguarding the Equal and Inalienable Rights and Inherent Dignity of All People

Gold Resolutions Through 2016

February 9, 2016

County of Sonoma Board of Supervisors Gold Resolution requested by the Commission on the Status of Women, proclaiming February 14, 2016 as Rise Up To End Violence Against Women Day

January 5, 2016

County of Sonoma Board of Supervisors Joint Gold Resolution with the Commission on the Status of Women, proclaiming January 2016 to be Human Trafficking Awareness Month in Sonoma County.

September 22, 2015

County of Sonoma Board of Supervisors Joint Gold Resolution with the Commission on the Status of Women, proclaiming the Month of October 2015 to be Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Sonoma County.

May 19, 2015

County of Sonoma Board of Supervisors Gold Resolutions requested by the Commission on the Status of Women, commending eight high school students for their participation as Junior Commissioners of the Commission on the Status of Women (summary).

February 25, 2014

County of Sonoma Board of Supervisors Gold Resolution requested by the Commission on the Status of Women, proclaiming March 2014 as Women's History Month in Sonoma County.

January 7, 2014

County of Sonoma Board of Supervisors Joint Gold Resolution with the Commission on the Status of Women, Proclaiming January 7, 2014 to February 12, 2014 to be Human Trafficking Awareness Month in Sonoma County.

February 26, 2013

County of Sonoma Board of Supervisors Gold Resolution requested by the Commission on the Status of Women, proclaiming March 2013 as Women's History Month in Sonoma County.

2007 Report

The Commission released the Report on the Status of Women in Sonoma County in 2007.

The Report’s conclusions were based on statistical data as well as widespread input from the public, community organizations and public agencies.

Executive Summary (PDF: 487 kB)

Full Report (PDF: 1.4 mB)

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