Women's Council Programs - 1983 to present


Creating a Bi-Partisan Women's Council​

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Today's Wisconsin Women's Council was established by Governor Tony Earl through Executive Order 5, issued February 1, 1983 (pictured above), later codified in statute in 1983 Wisconsin Act 27.  It was preceded by the non-statutory Wisconsin Governor's Commission on the Status of Women, chaired by Katherine (Kay) Clarenbach, created by Governor John Reynolds in 1964 and abolished in 1979.

Photo Description: Governor Tony Earl at the signing of the Executive Order creating the Wisconsin Women’s Council. At the end of the remarks he invites women from the legislature and his administration to join him for the signing. Pictured from left to right: 1. Wisconsin State Senator Susan Engeleiter; 2. [not identified]; 3. Deputy Secretary Eileen Mershart (Department of Revenue); 4. Secretary Doris Hanson (Department of Administration; 5. Wisconsin State Representative Barb Gronemus; 6. Wisconsin State Representative Mary Lou Munts; 7. Wisconsin State Representative Sharon Metz; 8. Representative Barb Ulichny; 9. Wisconsin State Representative Marcia P. Coggs; 10. Secretary Linda Reivitz (Department of Health and Social Services); 11. Wisconsin State Representative Lolita Schneiders; 12. Roberta Gassman (Policy Advisor, Office of the Governor).  Wisconsin Historical Society, Image 105289.

Do you recognize the woman second from the left in the photo? Let us know! 

Historical Documents

A Compilation of Archival Women's Council Documents Including a copy of Governor Earl's Executive Order, "Wisconsin Women's Council - A Brief History: 1983-1997" report; and selected press clippings and program materials (103 pages).  

Gov Earl Remarks on Signing Executive Creating the Womens Council

Wisconsin Governor's Commission on the Status of Women, primarily press clippings, beginning with the Wisconsin Conference on Professional Women (1962), records calling for the first Governor's Conference, announcements on establishing the Commission (1964) and additional topics through June 1968 (245 pages).