Advisory Groups, Authorities, & Commissions

Commission on the Status of Women



About The Commission

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) consists of volunteer members appointed by the Arlington County Board for three-year terms. The Commission was first established in 1974 as an advisory committee to the County Board. In 1980, the Board redesigned the committee as a permanent commission to advise the County on a variety of issues affecting women today.

A Resource & Advocate

The Commission serves as a community resource and advocate for women seeking to continuously advance and inform women in Arlington County on legal and human rights, economic equality, equal employment, and state legislation.

Since its inception, the Commission has addressed a number of needs and concerns in the community. The Commission works to maintain an active voice in state legislation by continuously expressing opinions and suggestions for the County Board on legislative bills. Past issues in legislative bills supported by the Commission include, reactivation and funding of the Virginia Commission on Women; increasing penalties of stalking with a weapon; reducing state sales tax on food; and supporting victim participation and plea agreements.

An Advisor

CSW advises other County advisory groups, as well as the community, on issues of concern to women and serves as a liaison to help the County address these issues. The Commission carries out these functions through public forums, reports to the County Board, public appearances, cooperative efforts with the County and other local women’s organizations, and developing workshops that address diverse issues of concern for the community such as, health, financial, and safety issues.

Attend & Contact

All meetings are opened to the public . The Commission meets at 7:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month at Courthouse Plaza, 2100 Clarendon Blvd., Azalea Room on the 1st Floor

Your comments and views are welcomed by the Commission.

Telephone: 703-228-7096
TTY/TDD: 703-228-7096
Email the Commission at or cswarlington (at)


Last Modified: January 13, 2014
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