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Chair's Message

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I am pleased and honored to be serving as the new Chair of the Miami-Dade County Commission for Women!

The Miami-Dade County Commission for Women (formerly known as the Commission on the Status of Women) was formed in 1971 by the Board of County Commissioners and founded originally by feminist leader Roxcy Bolton. We serve as an advisory baord to the Board of County Commissioners and the County Administration with respect to all matters affecting the status of women. Our members are appointed by the County Commissioners, and we are a diverse group representing the many cultures and ethnic backgrounds that make up Miami-Dade County. The Commission for Women members are volunteers who are champions of women's rights and I thank them so much for their time and dedication.

The Commission for Women holds annual events for Women's History Month and Women's Equality Day. Two years ago, we started the "Young Woman Achiever" Scholarship for seniors graduating from the Young Women's Preparatory Academy, which is Miami-Dade County's top rated public magnet school for girls. In 2015, Miami-Dade County joined other cities and counties and enacted an ordnance to adopt the principles of CEDAW (the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women), and in late 2016 the first Miami-Dade CEDAW report and recommendations were issued. So in 2017, we are excited to get to work on these recommendations and see them to fruition. The Commission for Women also looks forward to working with the League of Women Voters of Miami-Dade and other local organizations to begin planning for the Women's Suffrage Centennial in 2020.

Through our communities, we also advocate on issues relating to economic empowerment, domestic violence, human trafficking, and legislation that affects women at the local, state, and national levels.

For over 45 years, the Commission for Women has been working to improve the status of women in our community, but challenges remain and our work is not done. I look forward to my time as Chair and encourage anyone to contact us about issues affecting women in the community. we meet monthly on the fourth Wednesday of the month at the Stephen P. Clark Government Center downtown, but from time to time, we also take our meetings "on the road" to other parts of the County. The Commission for Women is here to serve and improve the lives of the women and girls of Miami-Dade County.


Marie P. Woodson



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