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Legislation Governing the Commission

The Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, an independent state agency, works in a culturally inclusive manner to promote equality and justice for all women and girls by advising, educating and informing on their behalf with the Governor, the Legislature and other public policymakers, and by educating the public in the areas of economic equity including educational equity, access to health care including reproductive choice, violence against women and other key issue areas identified by the Commission as significantly affecting women and girls.

The Commission is mandated to study the following policy areas, including, but not limited to, for the purpose of examining any laws, practices, or conditions concerning or affecting women and girls which impose special limitations or burdens upon them or upon society, or which limit or tend to limit opportunities available to women and girls: 

(1) Gender equity in the media.

(2) Educational needs of women and girls.

(3) Gender in the workplace and employment.

(4) Health and safety of women and girls.

(5) Women in the military, women veterans, and military families.

(6) State laws in regard to the civil and political rights of women, including pensions, tax requirements, property rights, marriage and dissolution of marriage provisions, and similar matters.

(7) The effect of social attitudes and pressures and economic considerations in shaping the roles to be assumed by women in the society.