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Commission for Women

About the Commission for Women

Upon completion of a 1974 study on the status of women, the Alexandria City Council established the Commission for Women in order to eliminate gender discrimination and to encourage equal opportunity for women in all aspects of their lives. Today, the Commission's members continue to provide advice and consultation to City Council on issues concerning women.

Commission for Women Members


Commission for Women Events and Contributions

The Commission for Women sponsors annual community events such as the Salute to Women Awards and Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day and is a coordinating partner for the annual Walk to Fight Breast Cancer.

Through its non-profit arm, the Friends of the Commission for Women, the Commission also assists with an annual fundraiser whose proceeds are designated for a specific program or area of need each year and a winter holiday Women’s Art Party showcasing the work of local women artists.

Past initiatives of the Commission include the (1) Court Observation Project to monitor domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking cases in the judicial system and (2) an Economic Needs Assessment of the city to prioritize the economic needs of women in the city.

For more information or to join an Alexandria Board or Commission, contact the Alexandria Clerk of the Council at 703.746.3975. To contact the Commission for Women, send an email to: or call 571.882.1368.

Commission for Women Meetings

The Commission for Women is composed of 15 volunteers, appointed by the City Council, and an Executive Director from the City staff. The Commission meets the second Tuesday of every month, from September through June, at 7:30 p.m. in Room 2000 at City Hall. All Commission meetings are open to the public. Residents are welcome to sit in on a meeting.

Commission sub-committees include data collection and assessment, events and programs, and public policy and advocacy.

Commission for Women Initiatives

Commission efforts are largely centered on:

(1) Supporting existing City programs that focus on women, specifically the Domestic Violence Program (DVP), the Sexual Assault Program (SAP), and the Alexandria Campaign on Adolescent Pregnancy (ACAP). 

(2) Providing guidance and advice to the City on relevant legislation and public policy issues.

(3) Sponsoring awareness and outreach events, including the Annual Salute to Women Awards and Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.

(4) The preservation and promotion of women’s history in Alexandria through the Women’s History Tour, the 40th Anniversary Celebration of the Commission for Women and related projects.

In addition, the Commission stays very active in affairs within the City. Commissioners learn about and provide insight on local issues by attending Council meetings, hearings and symposia, inviting speakers to Commission meetings, and attending educational and civic programs within the City and around the region. In FY 2011, the Commission hosted several local organizations at its monthly meetings to discuss topics such as promoting healthy families, sexual assault, sex trafficking, and the City’s anti-obesity efforts.

In FY 2012, the Commission for Women focused its advocacy efforts on teenage pregnancy prevention through assisting the Alexandria Campaign on Adolescent Pregnancy (ACAP).

Other activities throughout the year include:

  • Domestic Violence Awareness month activities in October.
  • Outreach at the Old Town Alexandria Farmer's Market.
  • Celebrating International Women's Day on March 8.
  • Contributing time and resources to support various events such as the Shelter's "grocery store" fundraisers and the Domestic Violence Children's Holiday Party.
  • Increasing awareness of the significant contributions women have made throughout Alexandria's history.

Volunteer Opportunities

There are many opportunities to volunteer for the Commission for Women. Volunteer opportunities include helping out at the following events:

  • Walk to Fight Breast Cancer (staffing the CFW table at the Old Town Farmers Market, picking up donations for the walk, event staff on the day of the event)  
  •    Art Party (soliciting artists, event planning and event staffing on the day of the event)  
  •    Children's Holiday Party (children’s gift donation)     
  •    Salute to Women Banquet (soliciting sponsorship and donations, event planning and event staffing on the day of the event)  
  •    Take our Sons and Daughters to Work Day (soliciting business tours, serving as a tour guide and event staff on the day of the event)  
  •    Serving as a tour guide for our Women’s History Tour 
  •    Serving as a volunteer on the Friends of the Commission for Women.  

To learn more about volunteer opportunities, please send your contact information, interests, and availability to the Commission at .

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