The Women’s Council is Wisconsin’s statutory commission on the status of women and girls. Established in 1983, the Council promotes initiatives that empower women, serves as a clearinghouse for information on the status of women in the state, conducts independent research, and promotes unique partnerships to further women's economic and social equality and improve this state's tax base and economy. The 15-member Women’s Council is appointed by the Governor and legislative leaders.
Women's council: Wis. Stats. 15.107
There is created a women's council which is attached to the department of administration under s. 15.03. The council shall consist of 15 members. Except as provided in par. (c), all members shall be appointed for staggered 2-year terms.
The council consists of the following members:
- The governor, or his or her designee.
- Six public members appointed by the governor, one of whom the governor shall designate as chairperson.
- Two public members appointed by the president of the senate.
- Two public members appointed by the speaker of the assembly.
- Two members of the senate, appointed in the same manner as members of standing committees are appointed.
- Two members of the assembly, appointed in the same manner as members of standing committees are appointed.
Assembly member's and governor's terms. Each member of the assembly serving on the council shall serve for the period of his or her term in office. The governor or his or her designee serving on the council shall serve a 4-year term.