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Commission for Women

Information about the 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

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:

Commission 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 meetings.

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 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 Ceremony. 

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.

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 include:

  • Domestic Violence Awareness month activities in October
  • 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 great.
  • 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 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 women 

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

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