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

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 2013-2014 agenda is focused on:

  • Women's Financial Fluency
    empowering women through financial awareness and education
    financial literacy programs & resources
  • Women's Business Ownership
    outreach and advocacy
  • Status of Women - research

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




to the recipients of the 2014 Governor's Trailblazer Awards for Women in Business

Meet the 2014 Trailblazers!  


Visit the Trailblazer Homepage


2014 Trailblazers

photo by Bruce Fritz Photography
Ó 2014 Bruce Fritz


                         1983    30 Years    2013

Legacy Poster




Watch the Council's
25th Anniversary Tribute Video and hear about our history!




Retirement Toolkit


From the three federal agencies involved in key elements of your retirement planning and security: the Department of Labor, the Social Security Administration and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.


Financial Tips for Women (tri-fold brochure)


When women have the tools to better understand how to make, save, grow and manage their own money, they are empowered to move from dependency to freedom in all aspects of their lives. That freedom, in turn, offers the flexibility and opportunity to fully participate as engines of a vital, growing Wisconsin economy.  Mary Jo Baas, Women's Council Chair


Economic and Social Status of Women in Wisconsin

Information from current Census reports and other public databases to highlight key statistics related to the economic and social status of women in Wisconsin.  

Fast Facts archive.




Special thanks to Cricket Design Works for developing the Wisconsin Women's Council logo and 30th Anniversary Logo, as well as for providing graphic design and consulting services on a variety of Women's Council programs and publications.

  • Highlights

  • Mothers Top Earners in 40% of U.S. Homes (NYTimes)
    According to the Pew Research Center, America's working mothers are now the primary breadwinners in a record 40 percent of households with children — a milestone in the changing face of modern families, up from just 11 percent in 1960. While most are headed by single mothers, a growing number are families with married mothers who bring in more income than their husbands. The trend is likely to bring added attention to child-care policies as well as government safety nets for vulnerable families.
  • Teen Dating Violence: A Resource and Prevention Toolkit
    From Alverno College. The Toolkit addresses FAQs, current research, risk factors, effects of teen dating violence, impacts of popular culture, action items, and resources for parents, teachers, community members, and teens.
  • State Women-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE) Certification
    The WBE certification ensures entities that chose to do business with women-owned businesses are confident that their reporting of dollars spent with WBEs will be verifiable and credible. Certified WBEs are eligible to be listed in the State of Wisconsin Directory of Women-Owned Businesses.
  • Find a Women's Fund
    Find a Women's Fund in your community! Wisconsin's Women's Funds empower all women, whether they have $5 or $5,000, to become philanthropists and participate in shaping the future of their communities.