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
Commission for Women Members
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: CommissionForWomen@alexandriava.gov
for Women Meetings
The Commission for Women is composed
of 15 volunteers, appointed by City Council, and an Executive Director from
City staff. The Commission meets the second Tuesday of every month, from
September through June, at 7
p.m. in room 2000 at City Hall. All Commission meetings are open to the
public. Residents are welcome to attend
Commission sub-committees include data
collection and assessment, events and programs, and public policy and advocacy.
for Women Initiatives
Commission efforts are largely
(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 Banquet 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 and related projects.
The next tour will be given Sunday, May 3, 2015, at 1:30 p.m.
followed by a small reception at Lloyd House at 3 p.m.
In addition, the Commission stays
active on 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 2014, the Commission celebrated
the 40th Anniversary of the formation of the Commission on the
Status on Women in 1974 at the 34th Annual Salute to Women Awards
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.
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 Women's Holiday Market showcasing the work of local women artists.
Other activities throughout the year
- Domestic Violence Awareness month activities in
- Outreach at the Old Town Alexandria Farmer's Market
- Celebrating International Women's Day
- Contributing time and resources to support various events
such as the Shelter's "grocery store" fundraisers and the
Domestic Violence Children's Holiday Party.
Proceeds of the event will benefit programs
supported by the Friends of the Commission for Women and the Alexandria
Commission for Women to include programs and initiatives that benefit women and
girls in Alexandria.
- The 2014 Operation Elf
is a program of the Alexandria Detention Center for the children of
incarcerated parents. During the Operation Elf event, the children, at
the request of an incarcerated parent, are given small gifts and/or gift cards
to celebrate the holiday season. The purpose of the program is to keep
families connected during the holidays and to encourage a smoother transition upon
their release. Donations of store gift cards of $25 or less would be
- Increasing awareness of the significant contributions
women have made throughout Alexandria's history
There are many opportunities to
volunteer for the Commission for Women including:
- The Vola Lawson Memorial Fund to Fight Breast Cancer
(staffing the CFW table at the Old Town Farmers Market)
- Art Party (soliciting artists, event planning and event
staffing on the day of the event)
- Children's Holiday Party (children’s gift donations)
- Salute to Women (soliciting sponsorship and
donations, event planning and event staffing on the day of the event)
- Take our Daughter and Sons 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
To learn more about volunteer
opportunities please send your contact information, interests, and availability
to the Commission at CommissionForWomen@alexandriava.gov
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