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Learn more about Wisconsin Women Making History in Government and Politics.

Wisconsin Women Making History is a partnership of the Wisconsin Historical Society, Wisconsin Humanities Council, Wisconsin Public Television, Wisconsin Media Lab, the University of Wisconsin Women’s Studies Consortium, and the University of Wisconsin Gender & Women’s Studies Librarian. You can also follow them at  Wisconsin Women Making History on Facebook.


Updated statistics on women in the Wisconsin State Legislature and the Judiciary.  

2017 Women in the Legislature

     Women in State and Local
           Elected Office in WI
a data collection project of the
    Wisconsin Women's Council



Watch for information about the 2018 Award program.  (coming soon)

to the 2016 Governor's Trailblazer Award Recipients  

Photo by @2016 Bruce Fritz



Janey Brandt (Wauwatosa Day Care & Learning Centers)

Loriana Armstrong (Armstrong General Contracting)

Latrice Milton (Milton Family Law)

Lise Meyer Kobussen (Meyer Insurance Agency)

Joan Collins (Joan Collins Publicity)

Laura Groenier (Silver Leaf Design)



Rosemary Krause (Wauwatosa Day Care & Learning Centers)

Cheryl Treeland (Treeland Resorts)

Nan Zamdars (Nan M. Zamdars, Inc.)

Penny Myers for Carol Oxley (Target Corporation)

Governor Scott Walker

Mary Brazeau Brown (Glacial Lake Cranberries)

Peggy Coakley (Coakley Brothers)

Melanie Lichtfeld (Lichtfeld Plumbing)

Ann Schlaefer (Schlaefer Optometrists)

Bela Roongta (belabela)

Laura Gallagher (The Creative Company) 

Trailblazer Homepage 


Women's Council is Wisconsin's statutory commission on the status of women and girls.

2017 Meeting Schedule
March 1 * June 7 * September 6 * December 6

The Women's Council Board meets quarterly. Meetings are typically held from 11:30 - 1:30 in the State Capitol, Madison, WI. Meeting location and agenda will be posted closer to the meeting date. For additional information contact the Council office at 608-266-2219 or


With a broad mandate, the agency's program agenda is set by a 15-member Women's Council appointed by the Governor and Legislative Leaders. The 2015-2016 agenda is focused on:

Women and Family (Adult) Caregiving

Women in Non-Traditional Occupations
Women in Manufacturing

Women's Business Ownership
programs, resources and best practices 

Financial Literacy for Women
programs, resources and best practices 

Status of Women

For more information on the board, mission and history of the Council, see About Us

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