The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) was created as an advisory body by the County Board of Arlington County, Virginia on May 4, 1974. The Commission was chartered to study issues, serve as a public forum, and act as a liaison between Arlington women and other County commissions.
Mission: The Arlington Commission on the Status of Women works to advance initiatives and policies that empower women and girls and serves as a community advocate and resource on the social and economic interests of all Arlington women and girls.
Governing Documents: Advisory Group Handbook
Areas of Focus: CSW focuses on studying issues, serving as a public forum, and acting as a liaison to other commissions on behalf of women, girls, and working families. Specifically, CSW was created to study all aspects of issues leading to economic equality. Additionally, CSW has continued to provide a forum for the women of Arlington; serve as a clearinghouse in the exchange of information concerning equality; answer questions concerning discrimination of women and girls; assist individuals and groups working toward the improvement of women’s status; and help educate Arlington citizens about its work for women and the legal and human rights of women and providing best practices. CSW serves as a liaison between women and other County commissions and committees.
Functions and Scope: CSW engages in the following activities:
● Supports County programs that focus on women, such as Project Peace.
● Provides guidance and advice to the County on relevant legislation and public policy issues, as well as County budget priorities.
● Apprises County, school (if applicable), and community leadership of issues and actions regarding initiatives that empower women and reduce barriers to economic security.
● Sponsors awareness and outreach events that empower women, including the Women of Vision Awards, Women in Business Forum, and Rally Against Rape.
● Promotes education on issues regarding the needs of women and prepares and distributes such information.
● Conducts research and investigation focused on women's status in Arlington
Meetings: The CSW will meet monthly to adequately fulfill its role and responsibilities outlined in this charge. All meetings will comply with Virginia Open Meeting requirements and the Freedom of Information Act. Agendas and meeting minutes will be made available to the public in a timely manner. The Advisory Group Handbook provides additional information on the conduct of meetings as well as communication protocols that should guide all members in their advisory group work.
Reporting to the Board: The CSW informs and advises the County Board about policies which advance women’s empowerment and equality in Arlington. The CSW will at a minimum submit an annual report to the County Board after consultation with the Board Liaison. The CSW may, as needed, provide comment at a regular Board meeting or Board work session. In addition, testimony from advisory groups on budget and capital spending priorities is always welcome. The Chair will consult with the staff liaison and review the published public hearing schedules.
Charge of the Commission on the Status Women, Adopted July 2019(PDF, 417KB)