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Women are running for elected office in record numbers. From Congress to State Legislatures, organizations are reporting a surge in women looking for training to run for office and double the numbers of women running or likely to run for Congress, Governor or their Statehouse seats compared to 2016.

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Appleton. Thank you to all the attendees who came out for lively and information filled community discussion and listening sessions on family caregiver needs, resources and programs.

With special thanks to co-hosts and sponsors: WI Dept. of Health Services, Office on Aging and Disability Resources, Respite Care Association of Wisconsin, and WisconSibs, Inc. and to our guest panelists Amie Bastian, Outagamie County Department of Health & Human Services, ADRC; Beth Belmore, Mosaic Family Health; Sue Coyle, Coyle Health Care Management & Consulting; Lisa Scheider, RCAW; and caregivers Ashley Baldwin and John Weyers.

Community Dialogue on Family Caregivers
Appleton - January 29, 2018

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Next meeting of the
Wisconsin Women's Council

March 7, 2018 * 11:30-1:30
Wisconsin State Capitol, Room 328 NW
Madison, WI


see also, publicmeetings.wi.gov (search "Women's Council")


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

2018 Meeting Schedule
March 7 * June 6 * September 5 * December 5

The Women's Council Board meets quarterly. Meetings are typically held from 11:30 - 1:30 in the State Capitol, Madison, WI.

With a broad mandate, the agency's program agenda is set by a 15-member Women's Council appointed by the Governor, Senate President, Senate Majority Leader and Assembly Speaker.

2017-2018 AGENDA

Women and Family (Adult) Caregiving

with ongoing programs on

  • Women in STEM and Manufacturing
  • Women's Business Ownership
    • Governor's Trailblazer Awards
    • Research and programs
  • Financial Literacy for Women
    • MoneySavvy
  • Status of Women in Wisconsin
    • Fast Facts and other reporting
    • Women in Elected Office

For more information on the Board, mission and history of the Council, select "About" from the menu bar at the top of the page.

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