FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 26, 2008
Contact: Julie Taren
Human Services Division/Commission on the Status of Women
THE SANTA MONICA COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN IS LOOKING FOR NEW MEMBERS
The Commission on the Status of Women (COSW), established in 1981, is charged with enhancing the status of women in our community. The Commission promotes this goal through investigation of, advocacy for, and policy development regarding issues relevant to women and girls, and by creating leadership and career advancement opportunities for women and girls in our community. Currently, there are two vacancies and the COSW is seeking persons interested in serving on the Commission. Candidates must be residents of the City of Santa Monica and must be committed to improving the status of women through advocacy, education, and related efforts. Meetings are held every second Wednesday at 7PM, and the public is invited to participate.
With a total of nine members and one youth intern, the COSW makes regular recommendations to the Santa Monica City Council and staff on programs and policies affecting women and girls. Commissioners are currently creating a strategic plan that will prioritize key goals, objectives and tasks aimed at improving the opportunities for women and girls in Santa Monica. Each year, the Commission presents an Outstanding Woman Leader (OWL) award to a woman who has demonstrated exceptional personal and/or professional dedication to improving the lives of women and girls in Santa Monica. Other accomplishments of the COSW include the 2004 Report on the Status of Women & Girls in Santa Monica and the 2004 Work/Life Survey. Both reports have provided key data for policymakers and the business community about education, employment and income, domestic violence and other key issues facing women and girls in Santa Monica.
Application forms and information are accepted for vacancies on an ongoing basis at Santa Monica City Hall, 1685 Main Street, Santa Monica in the City Clerk’s Office, Room 102. You may request an application by mail by calling (310) 458-8211, or you may apply through the City’s website at www.smgov.net. Only those candidates appointed will be notified.