Tallahassee/Leon County Commission
on the Status of Women and Girls
In April of 2011, The Leon County Board of County Commissioners established the Leon County Commission on the Status of Women and Girls as a citizens advisory committee. In March of 2013, the City of Tallahassee proudly joined Leon County and created the new Tallahassee/Leon County Commission on the Status of Women and Girls (Commission). By establishing and supporting this Commission, the City of Tallahassee and Leon County have taken a strong stand in support of women and girls in our community.
The primary purposes of the Tallahassee/Leon County Commission on the Status of Women and Girls are:
- to promote awareness of issues pertaining to women and girls in Tallahassee and Leon County
- to serve in an advisory role, providing input to the City and County Commissions as needed
The enabling resolution by the City of Tallahassee and Leon County which formed the Commission acknowledges that progress has been made but that “there is still work to be done before women and girls achieve economic, education and employment parity.” The resolution also acknowledges that “we must understand the current challenges that face our female citizens in order to best equip girls with the knowledge, skills, and equal access to reach for the promise of tomorrow.”
The Commission consists of 21 members. All appointments to the Commission are on a volunteer basis. Citizens must apply to be considered for appointment. Applications (PDF) are available on the City of Tallahassee website, Talgov.com, the Leon County website and The Oasis Center for Women and Girls website. The Oasis Center for Women and Girls proudly serves as the staffing agency to the Commission. Producing the Report on the Status of Women and Girls in Leon County - 2012 was the primary work of the CSWG over the course of its first 18 months. The full report and executive summary are available for download from The Oasis Center for Women and Girls. Informed by the key findings of this hallmark report, in the immediate future work of the Commission will focus on action items to improve the status of women and girls in Tallahassee and Leon County. The Commission hopes to serve as a catalyst for positive community change.