Commission on the Status of Women

Serves as a community advocate and resource on the social and economic interests of all Arlington women.


  • CSW empowers women in Arlington and advocates for their social and economic interests. This includes addressing: Violence against women (sexual and domestic and street harassment)
  • Women’s health and access to health care
  • Awareness and prevention of gender discrimination
  • Economic and employment opportunities
  • Housing and transportation
  • Care-giving (place-based living and childcare)
  • Education
  • Legal and human rights
  • State legislation (for example, increasing penalties for stalking with a weapon; reducing state sales tax on food; and supporting victim participation and plea agreements)

In addition to advocacy, CSW holds educational workshops, public forums and cooperative efforts with the County Board and other women’s organizations.


  • Julia Tanner (Chair)
  • Marguerete Luter (Vice-Chair)
  • Arbora Johnson
  • Azadeh Meshkaty
  • Caroline Gary
  • Ingrid Vaicius
  • Margaret Turlington
  • Emily Zimmerman
  • Sasha Alegbeleye
  • Xenia Ruiz

Member Profiles



NOTICE: Due to the COVID-19 emergency, the Commission on the Status of Women meeting schedules and format have changed. At this time, confirmed meetings will convene virtually. 

How to View and Participate in a Commission Meeting

Virtual Commission meetings will be held through electronic communication means in compliance with the Code of Virginia and Arlington County’s Continuity of Operations Ordinance. All meetings are open to virtual attendance by the public and closed to in-person attendance.

  • Commission members, staff, and public comment will be hosted by teleconference/videoconference via Microsoft Teams. The link to the meeting will be posted at least one week in advance.
  • The public may also submit written comments to the Commission using this form.
  • A recording of the meeting will be posted to the County website two business days after the meeting.
  • The public can participate by sharing live verbal testimony.
  • Speakers will join the meeting via Microsoft Teams (accessible through a web browser or the free app), or, via a phone line to provide their comments.

2022 Meeting Minutes


Archived meeting agendas and minutes

Special Programs